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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 a separate murder on him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Sam Wayburn
Kiefer Sutherland ... The Stranger
Wayne Rogers ... Jake Winslow
Joe Don Baker ... Carl Cunningham
Camelia Kath ... Laura Winslow
Janet Carroll ... Lila Daggett
Michael Madsen ... Stu
Gracie Harrison Gracie Harrison ... Mary Ellen Knoeller
Harvey Vernon ... Dick
Shiri Appleby ... Annie Winslow
Jeb Ellis-Brown Jeb Ellis-Brown ... Brian Mars
Harriet Medin ... Nell
Richard Bolik Richard Bolik ... Coroner
Mark Barkawitz Mark Barkawitz ... Stranger's Father
Mathew Brady 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Stranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$500,283
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Tapestry Films See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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A Predictable Film Noir with Many Clichés
11 August 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Kiefer Sutherland is an unknown killer, who comes to a peaceful coastal town pretending to be the new deputy sheriff. He starts working with Sam Wayburn (the expressionless Beau Bridges) and Carl Cunningham (Joe Don Baker), who is going to retire. Sam is in love with his high school sweetheart Laura Winslow (Camelia Kath), who is married with a powerful and wealth man, Jake Winslow (Wayne Rogers). Sam and Laura decides to kill Jake and put the blame on the new comer, but things will not work as planned. This movie is not totally bad, although full of clichés and very predictable. The situations are easily resolved and the plot is neither moralist nor amoral: it is shallow. Maybe in the hands of the Cohen brothers or other good director, it could be a great movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Tempo de Vingança" ("Time of Revenge")


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