Recovering alcoholic British writer, David Graham, is released from a Montreal sanitarium and flies to London where he has 24-hours to find evidence to save his neglected son Alec from the gallows. Alec was convicted of killing Jenny Coles, a girlfriend he loved who broke up with him.
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I didn't like TIME WITHOUT PITY at first; watching Minnelli and Preminger as much as I have, I wasn't really initially prepared to enjoy the tight, claustrophobic, punctual rhythms both within Losey's short individual shots & within the way those shots often bounce off each other like a fixed, causal chain. By TWP's end, I was more or less devastated by the sheer force of the events--Oh, & by Redgrave's performance.
A lot of mirrors in this adaptation of a stage play. I must confess that the idea of an investigation made by a man who's drunk half the time is original and that Michael Redgrave deserved the BAFTA nomination he earned for his performance. I also liked a lot the hysterical behaviour of Leo McKern. in short, it's a kind of 24 Hours shot more than 50 years ago. Cinema always arises from its own ashes. Recommended.