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Across the Bridge (1957)

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

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Ken Annakin

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Graham Greene (story "Across the Bridge"), Guy Elmes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Carl Schaffner
David Knight ... Johnny
Noel Willman ... Chief of Police
Marla Landi ... Mary
Dolores Dolores ... Dolores
Bernard Lee ... Chief Inspector Hadden
Eric Pohlmann ... Police Sergeant
Alan Gifford ... Cooper
Ingeborg von Kusserow Ingeborg von Kusserow ... Mrs. Scarff (as Ingeborg Wells)
Bill Nagy ... Paul Scarff
Faith Brook ... Kay
Marianne Deeming Marianne Deeming ... Anna
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Milton
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... Baggage Man
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Sam
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Storyline

On the run from the US police after being charged with embezzlement, a billionaire attempts to flee to Mexico by stealing the identity of a stranger. However, his life is made much more difficult when he finds out that that man is a wanted Mexican criminal. Written by themadmovieman

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In the Tradition of the Finest British Chiller Thrillers See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 September 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Brücke der Vergeltung See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Rod Steiger insisted on two weeks of rehearsal so that he could fully get to grips with the nature of his character. See more »

Goofs

Though set in the U.S. at this point, a sign on the wall in the store/gas station/motel (can't remember which) says No Cheques, British spelling, rather than Checks, American spelling. See more »

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Version of Double Take (2001) See more »

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Cuban Crescendo
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Music by Reg Owen
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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A fascinating thriller with star performances, one man and his dog.
28 August 2003 | by robert-giddingsSee all my reviews

A truly memorable, but curiously forgotten film (not on video or DVD) that deals with an absorbing theme -- how to disappear using an assumed identity. A rare example, I think, of the film version's being just vastly superior to its orginal source (a slight, if taut short story by Graham Greene).

The plot is brilliantly simple (a la Hitchock). Carl Schaffner is travelling on a train. He's trying to escape from something dreadful and threatening (not specified) and is terrified. In desperation he decides to bump off a fellow passenger, assume his identity and take his documents. He intends to leave the train at the other end, get through the official formalities and disappear safely from whatever is chasing him. He goes to a lot of trouble to darken his moustache, get the clothes right etc. The train reaches its destination. Passengers alight. He gets off, strolls down the plaform. It all seems to be going like clockwork.

Then the guard shouts at him: "Hey! Don't forget your dog!"

It seems his victim had a dog and boarded it in the guard's van. The rest of the film fascinatingly details the developing relationship between Carl and his newfound canine companion while he continues to attempt to survive and escape detection. It is highly original and gripping throughout. It has thrills and pathos. Superb acting by Rod Steiger as Carl and a really professional actor as Gloria, the dog. Very evocative black and white photography and rich, sympathetic direction. I saw this as a student in 1957 and never forgot it. I have seen it once on TV. It MUST come out on DVD!


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