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The Incident (1967)

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:
Joe Ferrone
Arnold Robinson
Joan Robinson
Sam Beckerman
Bertha Beckerman
Bill Wilks
Helen Wilks
Harry Purvis
Muriel Purvis
Douglas McCann
Robert Fields ...
Kenneth Otis
Robert Bannard ...
Pfc. Phillip Carmatti
Tony Goya


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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A Bold, Gritty, Terrifying Story Of Inner-City Terror See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El incidente  »


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$1,050,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Subway rider's worst nightmare depicted here. Brief review.
23 November 1998 | by 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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