Bad Timing is a 1980 British psychological thriller film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel and Denholm Elliott. The plot focuses on an American woman and a psychology professor living in Vienna, and, largely told through nonlinear flashbacks, examines the details of their sadistic relationship as uncovered by a detective investigating her apparent suicide attempt.
The film gained a considerable amount of controversy upon its release, being branded "a sick film made by sick people for sick people" by its own distributor, Rank Organisation, and was given a X rating in the United States. The film was also shown under the title Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession before being shelved by the distributor. It went unreleased on home video in the United States until 2005 when the rights were purchased by The Criterion Collection for a DVD release.