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Release Date:
23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
To commit the perfect murder, you need planning, guts, and luck. Practically nobody has luck.
A psychopath murders a man who was on his way to a job as a deputy sheriff in a small California coastal resort town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Beau Bridges ... Sam Wayburn

Kiefer Sutherland ... The Stranger

Wayne Rogers ... Jake Winslow

Joe Don Baker ... Carl Cunningham
Camelia Kath ... Laura Winslow

Janet Carroll ... Lila Daggett

Michael Madsen ... Stu
Gracie Harrison ... Mary Ellen Knoeller
Harvey Vernon ... Dick

Shiri Appleby ... Annie Winslow
Jeb Ellis-Brown ... Brian Mars
Harriet Medin ... Nell
Richard Bolik ... Coroner
Mark Barkawitz ... Stranger's Father
Mathew Brady ... Young Stranger

Paul McKenna ... Man at Party

Directed by
Rick King 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Bohlinger  written by
James Nathan  written by
Bruce Franklin Singer  written by

Produced by
Peter Abrams .... producer
J.P. Guerin .... executive producer
Robert L. Levy .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
Cinematography by
Paul Goldsmith 
Film Editing by
Lorenzo DeStefano 
Casting by
Paul Ventura 
Production Design by
Bernt Amadeus Capra 
Set Decoration by
Byrnadette DiSanto 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac 
Makeup Department
Donna-Lou Henderson .... hair stylist (as Donna Henderson)
Kerry Mendenhall .... hair stylist
Davida Simon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Barin Kumar .... production manager
Rick Reynolds .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
Curtis Collins .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ollie Olausson .... assistant property master
Gay Redinger .... assistant property master
Dennis White .... property master
Sound Department
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Hudson)
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Robert Jackson .... sound mixer (as Bob Jackson)
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer
Gary Kennedy .... apprentice sound editor
Dessie Markovsky .... sound supervisor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Emile Razpopov .... supervising sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Brent D. Winter .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Ray Beetz .... special effects
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunt coordinator (as Sandra Gimpel)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer
Eyal Geva .... first assistant camera
Kevin Kuhn .... second assistant camera
Timothy 'Guido' Magaraci .... best boy (as Tim 'Guido' Magaraci)
Bob McVay .... key grip
Frank Montoya .... best boy
Tom Reid .... grip
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
James R. Tynes .... gaffer
Casting Department
Marguerite Cravatt .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Clark .... costumer
Simon Tuke .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
James Gavin Bedford .... assistant film editor (as James G. Bedford)
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Music Department
James Gavin Bedford .... music editor
Other crew
Ronald Abrams .... location manager (as Ron Abrams)
Tony Elmaleh .... creative consultant
Cynthia Engler .... script supervisor (as Cynthia Rolfe)
Laura Espinoza .... assistant accountant
Toni Lemos .... location manager (as Tony Lemos)
Jim Mitchell .... production accountant
C. Roy Nigra .... production assistant (as Roy Nigra)
Charlie Pattenson .... production assistant
Alison Savitch .... production secretary
Allyson Schelu .... production coordinator
Steve Scheutzow .... production assistant
Thomas Vranesich .... production assistant (as Tom Vranesich)
Steve Weingarten .... production assistant

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A decent thriller, but directing leaves to be desired, 15 October 2012
Author: Bene Cumb from Estonia

Above all, I mean the opening and ending scenes, which could be different: the first killed a lot of thrill for subsequent events, the latter was too abrupt and short. The tensions are also not maintained high throughout the movie and events connected to the past remain vague and uncompleted. Dramatic scenes end as suddenly as they begin and do often not provide additional value to the movie; the plot does not run smoothly, the scenes are rather "minced".

But performances are good (Bridges, Baker, Kath) or great (Sutherland, Rogers); Madsen could have played a bigger part. The Killing Time fits quite well into its title, especially if you like something happening in a quiet American town, without constant chases and bursts.

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