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The Killing Time (1987)

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A murderer who assumes the identity of a new deputy is unbeknownst to the sheriff planning to pin another murder on him.

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... Sam Wayburn
... The Stranger
... Jake Winslow
... Carl Cunningham
... Laura Winslow
... Lila Daggett
... Stu
Gracie Harrison ... Mary Ellen Knoeller
... Dick
... Annie Winslow
Jeb Ellis-Brown ... Brian Mars
... Nell
Richard Bolik ... Coroner
Mark Barkawitz ... Stranger's Father
Mathew Brady ... Young Stranger
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A psychopath murders a man who was on his way to a job as a deputy sheriff in a small California coastal resort town. He takes on the deputy's identity and arrives in town to start his new "job." What he doesn't know is that the recently appointed sheriff and his mistress are plotting to murder her evil husband and blame it on the new deputy. Written by Anonymous

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To commit the perfect murder, you need planning, guts, and luck. Practically nobody has luck.

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$500,283
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Kiefer Sutherland's father, Donald Sutherland, portrayed Hawkeye Pierce in the film version of "MASH," while cast mate Wayne Rogers portrayed Trapper John on the television series "M*A*S*H" See more »

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Another director might have done a better job
18 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

This one could have been better. The scenario works, the good cop not being totally good and the bad guy not entirely bad. Beau Bridges does a reliable job and Kiefer Sutherland even works to do a role out of the ordinary kiefer. However, the director ruins everything. The result is boring beyond limits. All the suspense comes from the screenplay and the final is totally flat. As a matter of fact, I have never seen a movie where screenplay and direction differ in quality as clearly as in this one.


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