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.
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Peter Hyams
Written By: Peter Hyams , Earl Felton , Earl Felton
In Theaters: wide
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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
Natino Bellantoni
as Bartender
Ted Stidder
as Conductor #1
Lindsay Bourne
as Club Car Waiter
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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