A Time For Killing (1967)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    During the Civil War Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison
    and head for the Mexican border.
    Along the way they kill a Union courier who has a message that the war is over.
    Keeping the message a secret, the Captain has his men go on
    and they soon find themselves in a battle with the Union search party
    who also is unaware of the war's end.
    Written by Maurice VanAuken

    Full Cast
    Inger Stevens ... Emily Biddle
    Glenn Ford ... Maj. Tom Wolcott
    Paul Petersen ... Blue Lake
    Timothy Carey ... Billy Cat
    Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Cleehan
    Richard X. Slattery ... Cpl. Paddy Darling
    Harrison Ford ... Lt Shaffer (as Harrison J. Ford)
    Kay E. Kuter ... Owelson
    Dick Miller ... Zollicoffer
    Emile Meyer ... Col. Harries
    Marshall Reed ... Stedner
    George Hamilton ... Capt. Dorrit Bentley
    Max Baer Jr. ... Sgt. Luther Liskell (as Max Baer)
    Todd Armstrong ... Lt. 'Pru' Prudessing
    Duke Hobbie ... Lt. Frist
    Harry Dean Stanton ... Sgt. Dan Way (as Dean Stanton)
    James Davidson ... Little Mo
    Charlie Briggs ... Sgt. Kettlinger
    Craig Curtis ... Bagnef
    Jay Ripley ... Cpl. Timothy Dwight Lovingwood
    Dean Goodhill ... Bruce
    Peter Ford ... (uncredited)
    Eddie Smith ... Union Soldier (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Nelson Wolford (novel "The Southern Blade") and
    Shirley Wolford (novel "The Southern Blade")
    Halsted Welles

    Original Music
    Mundell Lowe

    Kenneth Peach

    Harry Joe Brown wrote a personal check to Columbia Pictures for $1,000,000
    to cover the costs of going over budget.

    First credited film role of Harrison Ford.

    Early on, the Union and Confederate troopers are armed with single shot breech loading carbines, but in the final battle scene, all of a sudden, everyone is armed with Winchester repeating rifles that do not exist in 1865.

    Revealing mistakes
    When Emily tries to escape horseback, and hits Capt Bentley with a sword, the blade can be seen bending and flopping.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Kanab, Utah, USA
    Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • A Time for Killing is a 1967 Western film started by Roger Corman
    but finished by Phil Karlson, and starring Glenn Ford, George Hamilton,
    Inger Stevens and a young Harrison Ford in his first credited film role

    The film is sentimentally significant as Glenn Ford's one hundredth film.

    User Review


    Weak western
    4 December 2003 | by Wizard-8 (Victoria, BC)

    Despite his advancing age, Glenn Ford made a number of westerns during this period, this one being one of his weakest. It does have an eccentric cast, most notably George Hamilton, who doesn't fit at well here. It's not that he can't act, but his look and demeanor come off a bit too "nice" for a character who should be meaner and grittier. Oddly, he has much more screen time than Ford, though maybe that's for the best since Ford seems a bit bored and uninterested in the little we see of him. It's not like the script is inspired or anything, giving us weak characters, unfunny comic relief (despite some brutality shown or implied several times), and even offensive racial stereotypes. Not to mention an underwhelming ending that at the same time feels unfinished. The production quality is also surprisingly cheap and sloppy at times, not just with some incredibly bad editing, but with obvious post-production shots and sequences shot in a studio instead of outdoors on location. Probably wasn't the inspiration for the movie "The Hunting Party" made several years later, but who knows.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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