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Narrow Margin (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  21 September 1990 (USA)
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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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Nelson (as James B. Sikking)
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Michael Tarlow
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Kathryn Weller
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Jack Wootton
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Martin Larner
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Nicholas' Mother (as Barbara E. Russell)
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Doreen Ramos ...
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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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Sometimes the difference between life and death can be a Narrow Margin See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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Two of the movie's main cast - J.T. Walsh and M. Emmet Walsh - were both last named "Walsh". Both have been associated with the film noir and suspense-thriller genres but Narrow Margin (1990) is the only ever picture in which they both have appeared. See more »

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The characters' shadows in the final showdown on the car roof are of different lengths in different shots. Most notably, in one shot the villain casts his shadow all the way onto the rocks that pass the train, while in the very next shot his shadow is short and stays entirely on the car roof. 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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Remake of The Narrow Margin (1952) See more »

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Suspense for the Discriminating
30 January 2001 | by (Ridgewood, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This film pops up frequently on the tube, and with good reason -- it's lean, smart, and superbly acted. Director Hyams makes the most of the claustrophobic train interior contrasting with the wide open Canadian wilderness. Gene Hackman has never been better. Tension is built through a series of one-on-one confrontations, each with electric undercurrents. The best by far is the gentlemanly chat between Hackman and James Sikking in the dining car. The standard "action-packed" ending is a bit disappointing. But don't let this stop you if you're into suspense films for the thinking person.


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30 min. longer, 30 times worse than original theclockticks
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