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April 11, 2017
Despite seeing this Peter Hyams directed thriller multiple times the entertainment factor hasn't worn off and that what this film does despite its flaws, it entertains. The two leads are fantastic, the helicopter/car chase towards the beginning of the film is brilliantly executed (even somewhat reminds me of The French Connection with how the car is filmed), the script is brilliant at using the charms of Gene Hackman, the score is solid and even though it could be more tense in its execution while on the train it is still a good ride.
May 28, 2016
How about narrow margarine. But I do like Gene Hackman.
January 31, 2016
Great cast, lots of action on a train. A great movie.
January 14, 2016
Saw part on TV in 2016. Looks good. And good reviews below. Wd like to see the original 1952 version.
May 11, 2015
Narrow Margin is an excellent film. It is a woman who secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. Gene Hackman and Ann Archer give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Peter Hyams did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the action and adventure. Narrow Margin is a must see.
½ April 4, 2015
a quiet little thriller with Gene Hackman doing the best of his ability
the opening action sequence involving the helicopter chase is the most exciting then it takes a break from the chasing and shooting making it way to move from car to car on a train in Canada
it's all about keeping a witness safe from killers she saw murder her date
there's room for some character building for both of the leads which is fine
the last action scene at the end is less than stellar but there is a cool little twist that shows how much more scary the pursuit becomes
this is another example of how not coming forward can be very life-threatening
½ March 25, 2015
Not near the original in any terms.
January 27, 2015
Ann Archer and Gene Hackman are great in Narrow Margin! I'd like to see Leo Watts go to prison and Ann Archer be reunited with her family and live unharmed for the rest of her life at the end of the movie. Otherwise it was a great suspenseful thriller!
October 4, 2014
After witnessing a murder Carol flees to the Canadian mountains, but is quickly found by the District Attorney in charge of the murder investigation. Both are quickly found by the murderers mafia side kicks end up tearing a train apart in order to find Carol.
75% of the movie takes place on a train - which gets kind of boring because the movie script simply doesn't support that kind of inaction. While made in 1990 the script feels like something you would expect to find on tv in 1975. And that's exactly the problem - Narrow Margin should have been a made for tv movie but somehow it made its way to the "big" screen and on that stage it simply a let down.
January 12, 2014
This is a fantastic film. It is full of tension and drama and is extremely well acted. Gene Hackman is immense.
½ November 23, 2013
The Suspense of this film was really good.
September 12, 2013
Anne Archer was a gem in Fatal Attraction -searching for her daughter, and the driving scene w the car accident -this movie was made soon after that one.
Great suspense. You keep thinking -what will happen next!!!?
Thats the sign of a good suspense mystery.
I saw the original 1954 Narrow Margin after this, and it's great suspense too, but you can't overlook how solid this movie is.
Great acting, great story, tight script, effectively claustrophobic - I'm watching it now, it still holds up.
The opening chase, even before they get to the train, puts you in the action- right between Hackman and Archer on this rollercoaster.
I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, and it still holds up well.
*4 out of 5*
½ June 6, 2013
Dumb B movie with some moody atmospherics (nearly the entire film takes place on a train) and typically engrossing performance by Hackman. One of the most low-key thrillers you're likely to see.
½ November 25, 2012
'Narrow Margin' is a downright unbelievable thriller from the usually good Peter Hyams.
½ October 30, 2011
A moderate remake with some stupid moments.
July 20, 2011
One of the most underrated suspense thrillers of the 90's
½ April 18, 2011
A very decent thriller. Peter Hyams is an under rated Director and DoP.
March 18, 2011
saw it, liked it, need to see it again to rate it.......
December 2, 2010
Peter Hyams has made some cracking films which always seem to slip under the radar.
Films such as Capricorn One ,Running Scared and this reamke of the classic film noir really do pack a punch and deserve to be better known.

Here Gene Hackman plays an assiatant Da who decides to bring in a witness to a murder ,played by Anne Archer.

Unfortunately they are attacked on route and thier only respite is to catch a train heading towards Vancouver .

What follows is an egde of the seat thriller where the duo hide from some ruthless killers and try to work out who is on thier side and who not to trust.

Hyams really gets to grips with the action early on and the scenes on the train are deftly handled.

James B Sikking is top grade as a suave hitman and Hyams adds some nice twists and turns along they way.

Ok so its not a patch on the 1952 original but theres plenty to admire here
½ October 28, 2010
Pacy thriller with more entertainment than stand-out moments.
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