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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$500,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,283
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Production Co:

Tapestry Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do it Every Time: Part One (1989) See more »

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Awfully Mediocre
30 January 2014 | by mingulay2012See all my reviews

The script of this movie never shows why or how a seemingly decent, almost boring small-town cop is transformed into a scheming bad-ass who plans not only murder, but to pin the blame for it on a fellow officer. Love is just not enough, especially when the object of it, Camelia Kath, is so woefully lacking in the femme fatale department. Then there is Keifer, who is excellent, except we don't get to see much of him. A lot could have been done with this character, but instead we get large dollops of the poisonous relationship between two quite unattractive people (Kath and her nasty, clichéd, property tycoon husband). Hitchcock could probably have pulled off a denouement in sand dunes on an overcast day but probably not many others could. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Joe Don Baker's performance as the old sheriff.


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