A Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney is sent to protect a woman who accidentally witnessed a Mafia murder.

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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)
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Doreen Ramos ...
Elderly Woman
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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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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Le seul témoin  »

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$10,873,237 (USA)
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Writer/director Peter Hyams was searching through old movie classics that might be good to remake but only ones which were not too well-known and significant. In the end, Hyams chose Richard Fleischer's The Narrow Margin (1952). See more »

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As Caufield's helicopter is approaching the mountain cabin, the outside scenery alternates from treeless, snow-covered mountain peaks and deep forests. See more »

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[in helicopter above mountains]
Caulfield: Why does he have to fly so low?
Sergeant Dominick Benti: We're not low. The ground's high.
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Quite a ride
30 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

1990's Narrow Margin made a poor showing at the box-office, which is a pity because this is a thriller that really thrills. All too quickly dismissed by many critics for committing the cardinal sin of being a remake (in this case of Richard Fleischer's classic 1952 B-movie), it's a superbly paced example of pure commercial film-making at its most satisfying.

Intelligently scripted by director Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, Outland) with an admirable use of Scope that emphasises the claustrophobic nature of the game of cat-and-mouse, there are at least two genuinely breath-taking moments even before the inevitable train-top finale. Yet the film is always careful to maintain a semblance of credibility. As a result, it derives as much of its suspense from our involvement with the characters as from its bravura action sequences.

True, these are stereotypes - idealistic DA, frightened-but-honest witness, pragmatic killer - but they are believable stereotypes who behave logically, relying on their wits. If the watchword of Hyams' Outland was professionalism, in Narrow Margin it is self-reliance. Both sides have to make the most of what is to hand in a restrictive environment that works against them equally.

If this enclosed environment had been a spaceship and the killers aliens, Narrow Margin might have wowed them at the box-office. As it is, without an easily exploitable angle, it proved one of the most mystifying of Hyams' frequent financial disappointments: Hyams at his peak was the consummate commercial film-maker, yet paradoxically his films were never very commercially successful. With impressive performances from Hackman, Archer and Hyams' regular James B. Sikking as the businessman-like killer who prefers negotiation to coercion, Narrow Margin deserved much, much better. It's a good movie, and one you won't just watch once.


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