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Across the Bridge (1957)

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

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David Knight ...
Johnny
Noel Willman ...
Chief of Police
Marla Landi ...
Mary
Dolores ...
Dolores
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Chief Inspector Hadden
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Police Sergeant
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Cooper
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Mrs. Scarff (as Ingeborg Wells)
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Paul Scarff
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Kay
Marianne Deeming ...
Anna
Stanley Maxted ...
Milton
Mark Baker ...
Baggage Man
Jack Lester ...
Sam
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On the run from the US police after being charged with embezzlement, a billionaire attempts to flee to Mexico by stealing the identity of a stranger. However, his life is made much more difficult when he finds out that that man is a wanted Mexican criminal. Written by themadmovieman

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Graham Greene's Great Suspense Story ! See more »


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6 September 1957 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Die Brücke der Vergeltung  »

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Although set in America, this was filmed entirely in England for the interiors and Spain for the exteriors, doubling up for Mexico. See more »

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Though set in the U.S. at this point, a sign on the wall in the store/gas station/motel (can't remember which) says No Cheques, British spelling, rather than Checks, American spelling. See more »

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Version of Double Take (2001) See more »

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Cuban Crescendo
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Music by Reg Owen
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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One worth seeking out
25 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Of all the films made from the novels and stories of Graham Greene, "Across the Bridge" is probably the least known and least appreciated which is a pity as it's actually very good, (it's much, much better than John Ford's "The Fugitive", his feeble attempt to film "The Power and the Glory"). Of course, with a better director than Ken Annakin and a better supporting cast it might have been perfect. As it is, it's entirely reliant on its plot, which is gripping, and a sterling performance from Rod Steiger, to hold our interest.

He's Carl Schaffner, a crooked businessman who, in an attempt to escape justice, assumes the identity of the man he thinks he's killed and who just happens to be a murderer. It's a plot not dissimilar to that of Antonioni's later "The Passenger" and if this film is never in that class, neither does it deserve to be overlooked. Worth seeking out.


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