Roger Corman (uncredited) Release date1967 (1967) WriterNelson Wolford (novel), Shirley Wolford (novel), Halsted Welles DirectorsPhil Karlson, Roger Corman GenresWestern, Drama, Adventure Film CastInger Stevens (Emily Biddle), Glenn Ford (Tom Wolcott), George Hamilton (Dorrit Bentley), Paul Petersen (Blue Lake), Todd Armstrong (Lt. 'Pru' Prudessing), Max Baer, Jr. (Sgt. Luther Liskell) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Furious 7, Taken 3, John Wick, Salt, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
A Time for Killing is a 1967 Western film directed originally by Roger Corman but finished by Phil Karlson. Filmed in Panavision and Pathécolor, starring Glenn Ford, George Hamilton, Inger Stevens, and Harrison Ford (credited as Harrison J. Ford) in his first credited film role. The film marked Glenn Ford's one hundredth cinematic role.
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 bearing the news 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.
Inger Stevens as Emily Biddle
Glenn Ford as Maj. Tom Wolcott
Paul Petersen as Blue Lake
Timothy Carey as Billy Cat
Kenneth Tobey as Sgt. Cleehan
Richard X. Slattery as Cpl. Paddy Darling
Harrison Ford as Lt Shaffer (as Harrison J. Ford)
Kay E. Kuter as Owelson
Dick Miller as Zollicoffer
Emile Meyer as Col. Harries
Marshall Reed as Stedner
George Hamilton as Capt. Dorrit Bentley
Max Baer Jr. as Sgt. Luther Liskell
Todd Armstrong as Lt. 'Pru' Prudessing
Harry Dean Stanton as Sgt. Dan Way
The film originally began under the title The Long Ride Home and was to be directed by Roger Corman from a script by Robert Towne. However Corman was replaced by Karlson after several weeks shooting. Once Corman left, his editor Monte Hellman also left the project.
The film was originally offered to Warren Beatty and Cliff Robertson who both turned it down.
The original score of the film was composed by Van Alexander who was given seven weeks to compose 45 minutes of music for the film. He collaborated with Ned Washington for a title song by Eddy Arnold. Though producers Harry Joe Brown, Jonie Taps and Columbia's Mike Frankovich were enthusiastic about Alexander's score, once the film was met with a disastrous reception at a preview it was decided to restore the film with a guitar score by Mundell Lowe. Alexander never composed another score for a feature film.