A Time of Destiny (1988)





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Martin (William Hurt) and Jack (Timothy Hutton) are World War II soldiers who go from being army buddies to bitter enemies during the war in this uneven melodrama. Not realizing they are brothers-in-law, Martin eventually learns that Jack is married to his sister Josie (Melissa Leo). On their wedding night, Josie's father Jorge (Francisco Rabal) had abducted her in an attempt to dominate her with his old-world ideals of marriage. When Jorge drowns in a lake after the car skids off the road, black-sheep Martin returns home to learn of his father's death, vowing to avenge his father after he learns his buddy is his sworn enemy.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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Nelson Entertainment


William Hurt
as Martin Larraneta
Sam Vlahos
as Lawyer
Timothy Hutton
as Jack McKenna
Michael Miller
as Cement Truck Driver
Francisco Rabal
as Jorge Larraneta
John O'Leary
as Father Basil
Rolf Saxon
as Kentucky
Melissa Leo
as Josie Larraneta
Mark Burton
as Bernotsky
David Gilliam
as Nelson
Peter Palmer
as Policeman
Jeff Harding
as Sergeant
Harriet Robinson
as Sister in Hall
John Hawker
as Porter on Train
Alan Tilvern
as Father Tony
Concha Hidalgo
as Sebastiana Larraneta
Erik Holland
as Colonel in US
Justin Gocke
as Young Martin Larraneta
Ron Davis
as Businessman
Michael B. Miller
as Cement Truck Driver
Felix Arcarazo
as Young Jorge Larraneta
Mike Robelo
as Bonifacio
Henry Bumstead
as Colonel in Italy
Joe Faust
as Rancher
Vjenceslav Kapural
as Basque Relative
Robin Bennett
as Reporter
Nicolasa Calvo
as Young Sebastiana
Allan Chambers
as Gas Station Attendant
Nancy Gair
as Army Nurse
Ralph Gallucci
as Priest at Funeral
Charmaine Glennon
as Sister at Desk
Art Koustik
as Gabby
Bill Luckey
as Cousin
Kelly Pacheco
as Young Josie Larraneta
Jasmina Pasalic
as Italian Girl
George Reel
as Man at the Train
John Thatcher
as Young George
Darin Willis
as Bellboy
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Critic Reviews for A Time of Destiny

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

After El Norte, this is a step down for Gregory Nava: A misguided, miscast family melodrama about honor, friendship and revenge; in the leads, two good actors, William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, give disappointing performances.

Full Review… | October 15, 2007

Confused mess maroons a gifted cast

March 29, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

This is about where the phenomenal Hurt's career started to go awry.

May 9, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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