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Narrow Margin (1990)

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A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up ... See full summary »

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Caulfield
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Hunnicut
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Nelson (as James B. Sikking)
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Michael Tarlow
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Sgt. Dominick Benti (as M. Emmett Walsh)
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Kathryn Weller
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Jack Wootton
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Martin Larner
B.A. 'Smitty' Smith ...
Keller
Codie Lucas Wilbee ...
Barbara Russell ...
Nicholas' Mother (as Barbara E. Russell)
Antony Holland ...
Elderly Man
Doreen Ramos ...
Elderly Woman
Kevin McNulty ...
James Dahlbeck
Andrew Rhodes ...
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A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up with her, she is unwilling to testify to what she has seen, but the Mafia are on her trail. Accompanied by a deputy district attorney, the woman boards a train travelling through a remote part of Canada. The Mafia know him but they have never seen her. Written by Rob Hartill

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neo noir | mafia | train | murder | hitman | See All (53) »

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It will take you to the edge of suspense. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le seul témoin  »

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$10,873,237 (USA)
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Trivia

It was Gene Hackman's idea that his character wear glasses. See more »

Goofs

The helicopter bringing Caulfield and Benti to the cabin has different rear windows in different shots. From the interior, it has ordinary flat windows with sliding ventilation panels -- the rectangular panel frames and tracks are visible. From the exterior, it has unventilated one-piece bubble windows which allow sightseers unobstructed views and photography. See more »

Quotes

Caulfield: I feel like Phil Donahue.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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A great, straightforward action thriller
13 October 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Terrific action thriller with great actors. Unfortunately, they don't have much to say because the action takes over. There isn't much time to develop a character when you're being chased up and down a mountain. Still, this is a great example of the genre. I can't help but think that it would have been a lot more successful financially with younger, hipper stars. I also think that would have ruined it.

The direction is very matter-of-fact. Some movies like this reel you in with a definite "atmosphere", stylized to death. I'm tempted to say this movie has no style at all, but that would be a disservice to Hackman and Archer, who give it all the style it needs.


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