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Bad Timing (1980)

A psychiatrist, living in Vienna, enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writer:

Yale Udoff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Garfunkel ... Alex Linden
Theresa Russell ... Milena Flaherty
Harvey Keitel ... Inspector Netusil
Denholm Elliott ... Stefan Vognic
Daniel Massey ... Foppish Man
Dana Gillespie ... Amy Miller
William Hootkins ... Col. Taylor
Eugene Lipinski ... Hospital Policeman
George Roubicek ... Policeman #1
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Policeman #2
Sevilla Delofski Sevilla Delofski ... Czech Receptionist
Robert Walker Robert Walker ... Konrad
Gertan Klauber ... Ambulance Man
Ania Marson ... Dr. Schneider
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ... Young Doctor
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Storyline

The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. A police detective suspects foul play on the part of her lover, an American psychology professor. As doctors try to save her life, the detective interrogates the professor, and through flashbacks we see the events leading up to the woman's overdose; her stormy and intensely sexual relationship with the professor, her heavy drinking and numerous affairs, and her estrangement from her Czech husband. A darkly erotic study of several rather unsympathetic characters. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Czech | French

Release Date:

25 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Timing See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of seven films that Theresa Russell made with Director Nicolas Roeg. The others being Eureka (1983), Track 29 (1988), Cold Heaven (1991), Hotel Paradise (1995), Insignificance (1985), and the "Un ballo in maschera" segment of Aria (1987). See more »

Goofs

The U.S. Army Medical Corps Lieutenant Colonel, presumably a psychologist, has a full beard. This is a willfully gross violation of the appearance regulation, in or out of uniform, most especially for a commissioned officer. The film is set in 1979 (year shown in an appointment book). In that era, and for some years surrounding 1979, U.S. Army personnel were not allowed to have beards in any manner, shape or form. Sideburns could not extend below the ear opening and mustaches, which were allowed, could not extend vertically below the upper edge of the upper lip, nor horizontally beyond the opening of the mouth, making them very modest looking. The only case-by-case waiver exceptions in this era were Chaplain Branch clergy of specific religions, such as Sikh, that required their clergy to have beards as an integral part of their religious belief; a Medical Corps psychologist didn't fall under this, regardless of his religious beliefs. See more »

Quotes

Alex Linden: I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out what normal means.
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC made one cut to the film in the UK before theatrical release. The cut footage juxtaposes an image of lovemaking with a shot of a child. This was re-edited into separate shots due to concerns about the Child Protection Act, and all versions available worldwide are the re-edited version. See more »


Soundtracks

The Koln Concert
Performed by Keith Jarrett
Additional Music Courtesy of ECM Records
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Complex and shocking and riveting
2 September 2003 | by answar7979See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was originally released and it still ranks as my all-time favorite. From the opening strains of Tom Waits' gritty "Invitation to the Blues" (which is cut off by the wail of an ambulance!) every aspect--music, scenery, the astonishing acting--melds together into a masterpiece.

Theresa Russell is simply a knockout as Milena, a woman who refuses to be "owned". She's beautiful, sexy, carefree, and absolutely infuriating to Art Garfunkel's psychologist Dr. Linden. His compulsion to control her leads to disaster, and Garfunkel's performance is absolutely astonishing. The expression on his face in the final scene is unforgettable. It haunts me still.


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