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A Time of Destiny (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 22 April 1988 (USA)
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
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


PG-13 | See all certifications »






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 La forza del destino (1950) See more »

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Melodrama for morons
8 March 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"A Time of Destiny", set during WWII, tells of a duplicitous "black sheep" son's quest to avenge his father's death by killing his brother-in-law, a fellow soldier. An obvious melodrama with numerous nonsequiturs required to make the story work, acting so perfect as to be unreal, and technical and artistic mediocrity, "....Destiny" makes for a marginal watch at best. Okay for hard up couch potatoes into melodrama.

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