A Life in the Balance

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Third-billed Lee Marvin dominates the proceedings in A Life in the Balance. Marvin plays a psycho killer, whose trail is dogged by inquistive young Jose Perez. Jose's father, musician Ricardo Montalban, has been accused of a series of murders. The boy is convinced (correctly, it turns out) that Marvin is the guilty party, and trails the man in hopes of bringing him to justice. No dummy he, Perez leaves a trail for the authorities to follow--a series of smashed-up police call boxes (a similar plot device was deployed for comic purposes by Harold Lloyd in Professor Beware). A Life in the Balance was filmed on location in Mexico City, with a great deal of screen time devoted to a colorful carnival.


Ricardo Montalban
as Antonio Gomez
Lee Marvin
as The Killer
Anne Bancroft
as Maria Ibinia
Rodolfo Acosta
as Lt. Fernando
Carlos Muzquiz
as Capt. Saldana
José Torvay
as Andres Martinez
Eva Calvo
as Carla Arlotta
Fanny Schiller
as Carmen Martinez
Tamara Garina
as Dona Lucrecia
Danny Schiller
as Carmen Martinez
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  • Mar 26, 2015
    Decent little suspenser economically told. Montalban was never the strongest actor but he's properly earnest. Any shortcomings he may bring to the picture are compensated by the solid work of Anne Bancroft and Lee Marvin.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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