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  • Actors: Beau Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Wayne Rogers, Joe Don Baker, Camelia Kath
  • Directors: Rick King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Kiefer Sutherland of 24 stars as a disturbed young killer who steals the identity of his latest victim to become deputy of a sleepy coastal town. But when the soon-tobe- promoted sheriff (Beau Bridges of HEART LIKE A WHEEL) and his mistress (Camelia Kath) plot to kill her wealthy husband (Wayne Rogers of M*A*S*H) and frame the new deputy, their perfect crime takes some very unexpected turns. In a place where everybody has something to hide, are two lovers with a taste for homicide any match for a lone psychopath with a passion for vengeance? Joe Don Baker (WALKING TALL) and Michael Madsen (RESERVOIR DOGS, KILL BILL) co-star in this gripping noir thriller that pulses with sex,suspense and a murderous new twist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cannon on May 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Made in 1987, The Killing Time is the kind of unambitious, low-budget crime thriller that Roger Corman would have produced in the 50s. It stars B-movie veterans Beau Bridges and Joe Don Baker (Walking Tall), plus then newcomers Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs). The story is basically a Double Indemnity retread set in sleepytown California. The story has some implausible parts and they could have thought the story out a bit better, but I enjoyed seeing a lot of good actors work together in this one, and I liked that the movie ended with a fistfight over a pistol on a rural California beach. Also, I liked that the Kiefer Sutherland's character has no name and his past and his motives remain unexplained at the end of the film.

I realize this film was not well received by critics when it came out, but I think fans of these actors and fans of The Fast and the Furious (1954) will enjoy it. The DVD has no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn G on May 4, 2010
Format: DVD
I read the reviews, I saw the warnings, even the plot summary was a pretty good indicator that this movie would be nothing but bad but I still watched it. My biggest problem with watching a bad movie, is watching a bad movie that could have been good but the writing and/or casting ruined it. This is one of them. I only watched this movie cause Kiefer Sutherland is in it but he is just a terrible fit for the character. I think he was to young to grasp a character like that, or maybe he missed the mark on purpose... Either way this movie missed the mark. There are so many things that didn't make sence or choices that could have been changed that would have made the movie worth watching.

I do not recomend this movie unless you are a Kiefer completist, and even then i'd say don't waste your time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on April 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Without a doubt Kiefer Sutherland's worst role of all time was in 1987's The Killing Time. The movie itself almost derailed Sutherland's career.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as a hitchhiker who kills Brian Mars who has just been hired as a deputy sheriff in a coastal county in Louisiana. Sutherland assumes the identity of his victim and arrives in the county seat to become a new deputy sheriff and nobody suspects otherwise. And this despite the fact that Mars was supposed to be a very good friend of the chief deputy sheriff (Beau Bridges) and also despite Sutherland's tendency to make psycho-type statements such as saying that he likes being a deputy sheriff because he can carry a gun and shove people around.

Perhaps part of the reason why nobody catches on to Sutherland's deception is that in this particular county, incompetence in law enforcement is rampant. The county sheriff, played by Joe Don Baker, is a a good old boy to a comical degree. Even by the low standards of Hollywood, Baker's exaggerated Southern fried sheriff behavior is absurd. If The Killing Time was a comedy, then it might work. However, in an alleged straight action drama, Baker's act is screwy.

The chief deputy sheriff is not much better. Despite the fact that his ex-girlfriend is now married to a wealthy San Francisco real estate developer who has a nice estate down in the Louisiana county, he keeps on messing around with her to the point of going to San Francisco to attend parties that both she and her husband attend. This on a salary that Bridges's character says is a bit short of $20,000.
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