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The Incident (1967)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 January 1968 (West Germany)
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Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Arnold ...
Tony Goya
Robert Bannard ...
Pfc. Phillip Carmatti
Pfc. Felix Teflinger
Joan Robinson
Robert Fields ...
Kenneth Otis
Sam Beckerman
Harry Purvis
Bill Wilks
Douglas McCann
Alice Keenan
Tony Musante ...
Joe Ferrone
Arnold Robinson
Bertha Beckerman
Artie Connors
Muriel Purvis


Stark melodrama about two thrill seeking tough guys who terrorize late-night passengers on a New York City train. The random victims are more concerned with their own problems than helping each other and pray that they won't be next. But it's going to take a lot more than prayer to end this nightmare of fear and violence. Film debut of both Martin Sheen and Tony Musante as the hoodlums. Written by alfiehitchie

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26 January 1968 (West Germany)  »

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El incidente  »

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The New York Transit Authority denied permission to film even background shots on its property, but the filmmakers shot them anyway. Cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld and an assistant rode the subway with a hidden camera, and when its sound was noticed, they stopped and came back later to finish the job. Hirschfeld said in an interview that he filmed in black and white in order to get "the most realistic style of photography possible"; test shots were taken in muted color but they were deemed to distract from the desired "somber" effect. See more »


Pfc. Felix Teflinger: Where were you buddy?
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Subway rider's worst nightmare depicted here. Brief review.
23 November 1998 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

It's the subway ride we all dread, closed in for many minutes with street hoods. In the early a.m hours, petty criminals (Martin Sheen, Tony Musante) board a crowded subway train after mugging a helpless old man. Inbetween subway stops, the hoods terrorize the passengers in the subway car. They hit upon the women, taunt the male passengers into fights. Finally, a young man in uniform (Beau Bridges) becomes the first to defend themselves, and gets into a harrowing fight with Musante. One of the first attempts at a low budget independent film. Director Larry Pearce gets excellent performances out of the all-star cast. Some of the dialog is a rather forced, cliched, and the time period between subway stops go on way too long. But there are fine moments (Musante verbally tearing apart passenger Brock Peters, Sheen scaring the daylights out of boarding passengers when the subway DOES stop) The film makes one think of the more exciting, and more thought out "Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)"

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