A Time for Killing

A Time for Killing

Phil Karlson (1967)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A Confederate soldier (George Hamilton) escapes from a Union prison and is pursued by Captain Glenn Ford whose fiancée, Inger Stevens, has been taken hostage and is then raped by Hamilton as revenge for the South's defeat. Sadly, a weak performance from Hamilton and a typically bland one from Ford diminish the story considerably, which otherwise has a startling realism and toughness in its evocation of America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Fans of ex-carpenter Harrison Ford will be eyes-akimbo for his second screen appearance. The film was begun by Roger Corman, who quit after two weeks' shooting. Phil Karlson replaced him and the title was changed to A Time for Killing.


Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp and go on the run in the aftermath of the American Civil War. A Union major is assigned the task of tracking them down, but the mission becomes personal when he realises they have kidnapped his fiancee. Western, starring Glenn Ford and George Hamilton, and featuring an early appearance by Harrison Ford.

Cast & Crew

Maj Tom Wolcott Glenn Ford
Capt Dorrit Bentley George Hamilton
Emily Biddle Inger Stevens
Blue Lake Paul Petersen
Billy Cat Timothy Carey
Sgt Cleehan Kenneth Tobey
Lt Shaffer Harrison Ford
Zollicoffer Dick Miller
Director Phil Karlson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video