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Time Without Pity (1957)

The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writer:

Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... David Graham
Ann Todd ... Honor Stanford
Leo McKern ... Robert Stanford
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... Brian Stanford
Peter Cushing ... Jeremy Clayton
Alec McCowen ... Alec Graham
Renee Houston ... Mrs. Harker
Lois Maxwell ... Vickie Harker
Richard Wordsworth Richard Wordsworth ... Maxwell, the M.P.
George Devine George Devine ... Barnes, the Editor
Joan Plowright ... Agnes Cole
Ernest Clark ... Under-Secretary, Home Office (as Ernest Clarke)
Peter Copley ... Prison Chaplain
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Prison Governor
Dickie Henderson Dickie Henderson ... Comedian
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Storyline

Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he was spending the night at the flat of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's father, David Graham, a not-so-successful writer and alcoholic who has neglected his son in the past, flies in the day before the planned execution from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec is resigned to his fate and not amenable to his father's attempts for a final reconciliation. David Graham, convinced of his son's innocence and, despite his preoccupation with himself and his own alcoholism, mounts a last-ditch effort to find the true murderer in the 24 hours remaining until the planned execution. Graham encounters the wealthy and famous car manufacturer Robert Stanford, tyrant at home and in the office and an apparent womanizer, Stanford's young, curiously troubled wife Honor, their ill-at- ease adopted son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brazen ... Written by freddy-11

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

24 tuntia armonaikaa See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The prison gates featured in the film are HMP Wandsworth in s.w. London, Wandsworth, built in 1851 and still in use. It is the UK's largest prison with a capacity of 1665 prisoners. Wandsworth was the site of 135 executions, the last in Sept 1961. See more »

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The camera crew is reflected in the door of Clayton's car as it pulls up at the prison with Graham. See more »

Quotes

David Graham: What did Alec say about me?
Brian Stanford: I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
David Graham: In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
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An incredibly edgy, self-aware film
26 January 2005 | by stephen-357See all my reviews

Time has no pity, no sympathy, no joy and no sorrow. It's passage denotes the brevity in which the living inhabit the earth. In TIME WITHOUT PITY, a young man is dong time in prison for a murder he did not commit. A correctional institution is about to put a stop to that young man's time at the behest of the State. A father caught between the daunting task of fighting the system for more time, and forgetting time altogether at the bottom of a whisky glass. A broken woman mourning the loss of time never spent with one who's out of time. Every character in this drama is lost somewhere in their own guilt ridden space and time, but director Losey makes sure his audience is always aware, littering the screen with watches and clocks ticking like a giant timebomb about to explode as the desperately pathetic father searches for a clue to disable the alarm. Lost in an alcoholic haze that is almost dreamlike in it's ability to paralyze action, he clumsily attempts to win back for his son the time he let slip away. Is it too late? An incredibly edgy, self-aware film, TIME WITHOUT PITY clearly states its objection to the State as executioner. From the opening scene, we know the son did not commit the murder, but neither the State, "You must keep your visit short . . . we don't want to upset the prisoner," the Church, "He's given himself over to more compassionate hands," or the anti-capital punishment advocates, "We're not interested in whether young Graham is innocent or guilty," seem to have a specific interest in the individual. To make matters worse, young Graham himself has given up hope and when his father pleads, "don't give up," he asks, "What difference would it have made if you had died when you were my age?" And this question gets to the core of the film; it's resonance heavily influencing the final pivotal scene.


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