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Narrow Margin (1990)




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Narrow Margin, directed by Peter Hyams and loosely based on the classic film noir of the same title, tells the story of a resourceful District Attorney who must return a witness to San Francisco alive so she can testify in a trial. Carol (Anne Archer) is in the bathroom of the hotel room of her blind date when he is murdered by mobsters for stealing money. Knowing she is the only witness, Carol flees to an isolated Canadian mountain home to hide out. She is followed by Caulfield (Gene Hackman) who knows that she is a witness and wants to make her testify. When the mobsters track Caulfield to the cabin, Carol must join him in a run for her life on a Canadian train. This film, while it is somewhat uneven, is a tour de force for director/writer/cinematographer Peter Hyams, who delivers a fast-paced, action-packed chase through the Canadian mountains, stunningly photographed and well acted by both Hackman and Archer.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Hyams, Earl Felton, Earl Felton
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On DVD: Aug 17, 1999
Live Home Video


Gene Hackman
as Robert Caulfield
Anne Archer
as Carol Hunnicut
J.T. Walsh
as Michael Tarlow
M. Emmet Walsh
as Sgt. Dominick Benti
Susan Hogan
as Kathryn Weller
Nigel Bennett
as Jack Wootton
J.A. Preston
as Martin Larner
Barbara E. Russell
as Nicholas' Mother
Barbara Russell
as Nicholas' Mother
Antony Holland
as Elderly Man
Doreen Ramos
as Elderly Woman
Kevin McNulty
as James Dahlbeck
Lon Katzman
as Loughlin
Dana Still
as Bellman with Message
Lesley Ewen
as Larner's Secretary
Barney O'Sullivan
as Ticket Agent
Lindsay Bourne
as Club Car Waiter
Ted Stidder
as Conductor #1
Robert Rozen
as Dining Car Waiter
Ron Cummins
as Hotel Valet
Harris Yulin
as Leo Watts
Tom McBeath
as Conductor
Lesley Ewan
as Larner's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Narrow Margin

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 21, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Narrow Margin

A 50s film noir is remade into a by the numbers thriller. Not terrible, but there's nothing here we haven't seen a hundred times before.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

A fine thriller in a train with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer have to play cat-and-mouse with the thugs who've boarded it to eliminate them.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


What an incredible gripping tale of the limits a man will go to protect a witness to the prosecution of a murder case. This is one edge of your seat thriller that gently lets go of your emotions at the very end.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

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