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A Time to Die (1991)

A female photographer teams up with a policeman to try to bring down a corrupt police officer who framed her for drug possession and during her investigation, finds that not everything, or everyone, is what they appear to be.

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Traci Lords ... Jackie Swanson
Jeff Conaway ... Frank
Richard Roundtree ... Captain Ralph Phipps
Robert Miano ... Lt. Eddie Martin
Bradford Bancroft Bradford Bancroft ... Sam Swanson
Nitchie Barrett Nitchie Barrett ... Sheila
Gino Dentie Gino Dentie ... Jinx
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Sunshine
Jesse Thomas Jesse Thomas ... Kevin Swanson
Victor Vidales Victor Vidales ... Pablo
Manuel Cabral Manuel Cabral ... Enrique
Nick Gambella Nick Gambella ... Danco
Shaun Shimoda Shaun Shimoda ... Juan
Jan Flame Jan Flame ... Marge
Nicole Picard ... Patti


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Rated R for sensuality, violence and drug content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

5 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora de Revidar See more »

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PM Video See more »
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Written by Tom Adcock and Brad Rabuchin
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Traci does well enough, but the film still sucks.
14 May 2019 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In A Time To Die, Traci Lords proves that she's more than a rocking bod, long blonde tresses, a bee-sting pout, and a willingness to please: she can act too. Unfortunately, her efforts go to waste, the film being a tepid piece of forgettable '90s straight-to-video trash that makes one wish that Traci hadn't gone all respectable (no sign of any T&A here, folks, at least not from Traci).

Traci plays Jackie, photographer and mother, whose wrongful arrest for possession of drugs (it was her model's) resulted in her losing custody of her son. When Jackie photographs corrupt, cocaine-snorting cop Lt. Eddie Martin (Robert Miano) committing murder, she sees an opportunity to get her kid back, using the pictures as a bargaining tool. In doing so, she puts her life in danger.

With much of the film dedicated to Jackie's romance with lawman Frank (Jeff Conaway), this weak movie is more daytime soap than edgy thriller. Director Charles T. Kanganis lifeless execution means that the film drags from one dull scene to another, and even a surfeit of cheesy '90s style (smoke and blue light) cannot hide the fact that this one is a stinker. The final act, in which Jackie gets trigger happy, livens things up a bit, although Frank's sudden character arc is a little tough to swallow.

3.5 out of 10, rounded down to 3 for a truly terrible turn by Gino Dentie as angry pimp Jinx.

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