Time of the Heathen (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this drama, a wandering religious fanatic accidentally witnesses the rape and murder of a black woman. The crime was committed by a farm boy, and later the murderous lad's father tries to blame the drifter. He then tries to get his son to kill the vagabond and another witness, the dead woman's mute son. Fortunately, the two victims flee. Unfortunately, they are pursued by the father, son, and town sheriff. During a final stand off, the drifter kills the murderer, but is in turn wounded by the irate father. The wound gets infected and during the ensuing delirium, the fellow begins reliving his past. Flashbacks reveal that he was on the plane that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima. Later the mute boy brings a doctor who swears that he will turn the drifter in. As the boy and the drifter exchange a final embrace the father shows up again, hoping to finish them off.

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criminal, killing, witness, murder, on-the-run, boy