A Time For Dying

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LENGTH: 72 min
YEAR: 1982
GENRE: Western / Classic
DIRECTOR: Budd Boetticher
CAST: Richard Lapp, Anne Randall, Bob Random, Beatrice Kay, Victor Jory, Audie Murphy

CREW: PRODUCER: Audie Murphy  SCREENWRITER: Budd Boetticher;  CINEMATAGRAPHER: Lucien Ballard, A.S.C.;  EDITOR: Harry V. Knapp;  MUSIC: Harry Betts


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Budd Boetticher’s last feature, this film also marks the final appearance by legendary WW2 veteran Audie Murphy in motion pictures before his untimely death in 1971. Keenly reviewed by the New York Times and Roger Ebert in 1982, Ebert called A Time For Dyingthe damndest, confoundingest Western you can imagine“.

Aspiring to be a famous bounty hunter, Cass Bunning instead finds himself in Silver City coming to the rescue of Ms. Nellie Winters, a naive young woman who just arrived in town after unwittingly answering an ad to work in a brothel. After being caught in a hotel together in Vinegaroon, the pair are forcibly married by the drunken and cantankerous Judge Roy Bean as punishment for violating the town’s “indecent conduct” law. On the way back to the family ranch, Nellie and Cass have a run-in with notorious outlaw Jesse James, who warns them about trouble brewing back in Silver City. Recognizing an opportunity to fulfill his bounty hunter dreams, Cass heads back to Silver City to contend with the James Bandits and Billy Pimple in a final showdown.