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Narrow Margin (1990)

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

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Peter Hyams (screenplay), Earl Felton (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Robert Caulfield
Anne Archer ... Hunnicut
James Sikking ... Nelson (as James B. Sikking)
J.T. Walsh ... Michael Tarlow
M. Emmet Walsh ... Sgt. Dominick Benti (as M. Emmett Walsh)
Susan Hogan ... Kathryn Weller
Nigel Bennett ... Jack Wootton
J.A. Preston ... Martin Larner
B.A. 'Smitty' Smith B.A. 'Smitty' Smith ... Keller
Codie Lucas Wilbee Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Nicholas
Barbara Russell ... Nicholas' Mother (as Barbara E. Russell)
Antony Holland ... Elderly Man
Doreen Ramos Doreen Ramos ... Elderly Woman
Kevin McNulty ... James Dahlbeck
Andrew Rhodes Andrew Rhodes ... Nigro
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Storyline

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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It's the difference between living and dying... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The movie's central character portrayed by Gene Hackman is called Robert Caulfield and is named after director Peter Hyams' former manager at a television station. Elliott Gould's character in Capricorn One (1977) (also directed by Hyams) has the same character name of Robert Caulfield. See more »

Goofs

It is simply not possible for any grown man and in this case, Robert Caulfield to go through 48 hours without developing a 5 o clock shadow and yet Caulfield looks just as he did prior to the shoot out in the cabin, throughout the journey on the train. Also, the fight scene in the washroom is pathetic because it isn't possible for anyone to dive through a glass window head first without a cut on his face and instead Caulfield cuts his hand which makes no sense whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Dominick Benti: You wouldn't happen to have a drink in there, would you?
Carol Hunnicut: You're on duty.
Sergeant Dominick Benti: I only drink when I'm on duty.
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Connections

Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) See more »

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Suspense for the Discriminating
30 January 2001 | by BillSchillaciSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narrow Margin See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,628,060, 23 September 1990

Gross USA:

$10,873,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,873,237
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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