A Time of Destiny (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, War  |  22 April 1988 (USA)
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A modernized version of the story which inspired Verdi's opera, "La Forza del Destino".


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Larraneta
Josie Larraneta
Francisco Rabal ...
Jorge Larraneta
Concha Hidalgo ...
Frederick Coffin ...
Peter Palmer ...
Kelly Pacheco ...
Young Josie
Allan Chambers ...
Gas Station Attendant
Father Basil
Darin Willis ...
Charmaine Glennon ...
Sister at Desk
Justin Gocke ...
Young Martin


Josie elopes with Jack against her father's wishes. Her father follows her to the hotel where they are staying and forces Josie to go with him. Jack in turn follows resulting in an accident that leaves her father dead. Marty her brother, who was despised by their father over something he did years ago, sees Jack while grieving over his father and then follows him to Europe where they were fighting the war and was about to kill Jack, when something happened that prevented him. The next thing he knows is that the two of them are being decorated, and somehow the two of them become comrades in arms but when the war ends will their friendship continue or will Marty continue what he set out to do in the beginning? Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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War turns boys to men... and men to savages in a time when the rule of law is forgotten. See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blind hævn  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


$1,212,487 (USA)

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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo and Henry Bumstead; and one Oscar nominee: Stockard Channing. See more »


Version of Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino (1908) See more »

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Melissa Leo is truly a mesmerizing actress!
20 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Melissa Leo truly is understated and under-appreciated in the Hollywood industry. She was the best female cop since Cagney and Lacey in Homicide. She truly is very attractive in Time of Destiny. I don't understand how Hollywood can forget such a beautiful presence of hers on screen. With such lovely hair and Irish features, she should easily be one of the hardest working women in show business. I'm shocked she hasn't received a nomination from Homicide. She is truly a scenestealer. I was so upset from Homicide's inconsideration and under appreciation of her talent so I gave up watching the show. What a dumb mistake to give her up! In this film, she chews the scenery away from William Hurt and Timothy Hutton. I believe this is her film and her turn. I just wish Hollywood would use this lady more. I wish Kay Howard would turn up on Law and Order since they always need a new cop.

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