From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

tick...tick...tick... (1970, USA) is a Crime film directed by Ralph Nelson.


Main Details

  • Released in 1970
  • Color
  • Running Time: 100 Min.
  • Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Distribution Co: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1972) (USA) (TV) (original airing) | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (1970) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Ralph Nelson
  • Written by James Lee Barnett
  • Starring: Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Frederic March, Don Stroud, Clifton James.
  • Produced by James Lee Barrett, William S. Gilmore, Ralph Nelson
  • Original Music by Jerry Styner
  • Cinematography by Loyal Griggs
  • Film Editing by Alex Beaton

Plot Summary

  • Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected Sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the deep south.

Also Known As

  • ...Tick... tick... tick... byen der var en bombe (Denmark)
  • Black Cop (Germany) (video title)
  • Kara serif (Turkey) (Turkish title)
  • Sheriff i het stad (Sweden)
  • Tic, tic, .tic (Spain)
  • Tick... tick... tick... esplode la violenza (Italy)
  • Tik... tik... tik (Finland)


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