Time Limit (1957)




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A to-the-point adaptation of an overly cerebral stage play by Ralph Berkey, Time Limit was the only film directed by character actor Karl Malden. The story involves a US army major (Richard Basehart), on trial for collaborating with the enemy during his imprisonment in North Korea. The case seems open and shut; not only are 14 former POWS willing to testify for the prosecution, but the major himself admits his guilt. Army investigator attorney Richard Widmark suspects there's more to the story than anyone is letting on. Conducting a private probe, Widmark discovers that Basehart had agreed to cooperate with the enemy to keep his men from being executed--but only after another American soldier, whose name Basehart wishes to protect, had revealed the POW's escape plans while under torture.

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Richard Widmark
as Col. William Edwards
Richard Basehart
as Maj. Harry Cargill
Dolores Michaels
as Cpl. Jean Evans
Martin Balsam
as Sgt. Baker
June Lockhart
as Mrs. Cargill
Carl Benton Reid
as Gen. Connors
Rip Torn
as Lt. George Miller
Yale Wexler
as Capt. Joe Connors
Manning Ross
as Lt. Harvey
Kaie Deei
as Col. Kim
Ed McNally
as Poleska
Ken Alton
as Boxer
Jack Webster
as Lt. Harper
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Critic Reviews for Time Limit

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The taut direction, finely tuned philosophical screenplay and crisp performances, make this superior courtroom military film a suspenseful and cerebral one."

Mar 22, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Time Limit


Good if unexceptional war crimes drama. Solid performances from the always fine Richard Widmark as well as Richard Basehart, Martin Balsam and an impossibly young Rip Torn.

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