Nicolas Roeg

Bad Timing

Bad Timing

Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the elusive Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell). When their all-consuming passion takes a life-threatening turn, Inspector Netusil (Harvey Keitel) is assigned to piece together the sordid details. Acclaimed for its innovative editing, raw performances, and stirring musical score—featuring Tom Waits, the Who, and Billie Holiday—Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing is a masterful, deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

Film Info

  • Nicolas Roeg
  • United Kingdom
  • 1980
  • 122 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #303

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg
  • New interview with Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas
  • New interview with Theresa Russell
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes production photos and original posters
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Richard Combs and a 1980 interview with Art Garfunkel

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg
  • New interview with Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas
  • New interview with Theresa Russell
  • Deleted scenes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes production photos and original posters
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: a 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Richard Combs and a 1980 interview with Art Garfunkel

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Bad Timing
Cast
Art Garfunkel
Dr. Alex Linden
Theresa Russell
Milena Flaherty
Harvey Keitel
Inspector Netusil
Denholm Elliott
Stefan Vognic
Credits
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Screenplay
Yale Udoff
Associate producer
Tim Van Rellim
Editing
Tony Lawson
Cinematography
Anthony Richmond

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Performances

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