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½ October 1, 2016
A slow burner to begin with, but gets deep and meaningful by its end.
Super Reviewer
½ April 8, 2010
Michael Redgrave (see Dead of Night) is convincing as a dysfunctional father struggling to save his wrongly convicted son from the hangman's noose. 11th hour dramatics and an overall sense of urgency give the film a pace that will challenge your endurance.
½ November 7, 2008
A tense, short thriller with one hell of a star at its helm. Redgrave proves yet again that he's one of the finest actors of his generation, as a man who begins the film in near hysteria and then slowly builds himself up and breaks himself down. Graham's love for and dedication to his son, whom he obviously does not know as well as he should, permeates the entire film.

It's a shame that the film itself does not hold up as well as it should. The viewer knows the answer to the riddle from the very beginning, making Graham's pursuit seem a little too much of going through the motions. Confusion abounds, as Graham drifts in and out of an alcoholic haze and various characters dangle drinks in front of his nose. The plot is convoluted, but does beg the question how the detectives assigned to this case didn't figure it out, but the alcoholic father did within 24 hours. Some histrionic acting from the supporting players does not help either, and one wonders why Leo McKern's nasty piece of work Robert Stamford wasn't suspected from the outset.

All in all, the sole reason to watch this film is Redgrave. His breakdown is heart-wrenching, his desperation leaps right off the screen. Never has such a talented actor been so undervalued.
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2005
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray]"Time without Pity" starts out with David Graham(Michael Redgrave) just getting out of a sanatorium for alcoholism. His son, Alec, is a convicted murderer who has twenty-four hours before he is hanged. Just to add fuel to the fire, the father and son have been estranged for a while...[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#2f4f4f]"Time without Pity" is a very tense thriller that works very well on three different levels - David Graham racing against time to get his son a stay of execution; his continuing fight against alcoholism and avoiding taking a drink; and the uneasy relationship between father and son. The acting is top notch by Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Peter Cushing and a young Joan Plowright appearing in a couple of scenes. Plus, the ending is great.[/color][/font]
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