Tiempo de morir

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Tiempo De Morir
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arturo Ripstein
Produced byAlfredo Ripstein hijo
César Santos Galindo
Written by Carlos Fuentes
Gabriel García Márquez
Music by Carlos Jiménez Mabarak
Cinematography Alex Phillips
Edited by Carlos Savage
Alameda Films
Distributed byAlameda Films
Tamasa Distribution (2017) (France) (theatrical)
Film Movement (2016) (USA) (all media)
Release date
  • August 11, 1966 (1966-08-11)(Mexico)
Running time
90 minutes

Tiempo de Morir (Time to Die) is a 1966 Mexican Western film directed by Arturo Ripstein and starring Marga López and Jorge Martínez de Hoyos. Screenplay was written by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Marquez and novelist Carlos Fuentes, their first realized film.



Juan Sayago returns to his hometown after spending 18 years in prison for killing a man, Trueb, in cold blood. When Trueb's son, Julian, hears Sayago has returned to town he demands that Sayago face him in a duel to avenge his father's death. However Julian's brother, Pedro begins to doubt Sayago is an honorless killer after meeting Sayago and spending time with him. Then Pedro hears from his fiancé's father that in realty Trueb had provoked Sayago till he was forced to kill him to preserve his honor as a man. Pedro tells Julián but he is unswayed by these stories and beats Pedro for even suggesting their father was anything less than perfect. Julian continues harassing Sayago by following him around and destroying what's left of his house until finally Sayago is forced to once again face Julian as he did his father to preserve his honor. Sayago kills Julian, and in return, Pedro is forced to kill Sayago.



On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10. [1] John DeFore on The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a gem of a vintage Mexican Western that feels its moral quandaries deeply". [2] Robert Abele from Los Angeles Times wrote: "Shot in a crisp black-and-white that treasures bleak long shots as much as thrillingly nervous camera movement, "Time to Die" turns the showdown narrative of so many oaters into an actively intelligent, darkly funny and no less suspenseful rumination on the pull of the horizon versus the ill wind at the back." [3] Ben Sachs from Chicago Reader stated: "This was the first feature directed by Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson), and already he demonstrates a refined aesthetic sensibility in his use of curvilinear camera movements to chart the development of interpersonal relationships." [4] Alan Scherstuhl from The Village Voice wrote: "Spare and heartsick, Arturo Ripstein’s 1966 cycles-of-violence western parable Time to Die finds nothing romantic in showdowns and shootouts. It’s a swift slow burn of a film, the story of a man who once got pushed too far with terrible results now getting pushed too far again, with results that are, as the title suggests, sure to be worse. The screenplay may come from novelists — it’s credited to no less than Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Carlos Fuentes — but don’t look to it for novelistic expansiveness. Ripstein’s debut is pared down, whetted to a cutting sharpness." [5]

In 1967, won a "Best Film (Mejor Película)" award given by the "Mexican Cinema Journalists". [6]

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  1. "TIME TO DIE (TIEMPO DE MORIR) (1966)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. DeFore, John. "'Time to Die' ('Tiempo de Morir'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. Abele, Robert. "Uncanny complexity punctuates Arturo Ripstein's searing 1966 feature debut 'Time to Die'". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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