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Narrow Margin [DVD] [1990] [US Import]

Gene Hackman , Anne Archer , Peter Hyams    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, James Sikking, J.T. Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams, Earl Felton, Jack Leonard, Martin Goldsmith
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Jerry Offsay, Jonathan A. Zimbert
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784011699
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE NAIL BITER... 18 Sep 2001
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is a terrific thriller with excellent performances by Gene hackamn, Anne Archer, J.T. Walsh, James Sikking, M.Emmett Walsh, and Susan Hogan. There are also some terrific action scenes. This film is guaranteed to keep the viewer on the edge of one's seat.
The plot is simple. A woman, Carol Hunnicutt (Anne Archer), goes on a blind date with an attorney (J.T. Walsh) with whom a well meaning friend has set her up. He gets a business call that he needs to return as soon as possible. She accompanies him to his apartment. She excuses herself and goes to use the bathroom. In the interim, he is visited by one of his clients, Leo Watts, and another man. Watts confronts the attorney with the fact that he knows that the attorney has gotten himself into a financial hole and has, consequently, stolen a lot of money from him. The attorney, knowing watts to be a ruthless mobster, begins to cry. Carol, overhearing the commotion, cautiously opens the door, only to see the other man with Watts execute her blind date.
Terror stricken, she sits mute for sometime and then disappears to a remote Canadian location, where she is ultimately tracked down by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Robert Caulfield (Gene Hackman) and a Los Angeles Police Department Detective, who has accompanied him. They are working on the case involving the murder of the attorney, and they believe that she may have some relevant information, as her fingerprints were discovered at the crime scene and traced back to her via an old anti-war protest arrest.
Unfortunately, Watts' men also find her, almost simultaneously, and the games begin in earnest, with the detective killed in the process. Robert and Carol make a run for it and board a train headed towards Vancouver.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Narrow Margin 18 April 2005
Format:DVD
Narrow Margin is one of those small time films which gives so much more than it's more well publicised and better known stable mates, but yet because of silly issues doesn't quite fulfil its true potential.
The story idea is thrilling just in itself. Witness to a mob murder, Carol Honnicut played by Anne Archer is forced to flee for her life before she can possibly testify. She is tracked down by grizzled deputy D.A. Robert Caufield (Gene Hackman), but at the same time because of a mystery mole in the D.A.'s office the mob and various henchmen are also on the trail of Ms Honnicut. Forced to take refuge on a passing train travelling through the Canadian Rockies, the question is will the pursuing bad guys find Caufield and Honnicut before these two make it to safety.
Hackman is great in this sort of film. He manages to find the right balance between being a all-action hero and a sensitive father figure and yet still use all the tricks in the book to increase the tension levels at every opportunity. The rest of the cast support ably well although none of them, including Archer, really have enough of the action to make a great impression. Mentions to James Sikking as the lead henchman for a pretty good sinister performance though.
** Possible Spoilers**
Where the film let's itself down though is the numerous occasions where the "right" course of action is blindingly obvious yet the main leads go bumbling down the wrong path, leading themselves into more danger. Caufield, creeping around the buffet car, trying not to let anyone notice him, meets a pretty woman and within seconds has told her his name! Using the toy gun as a decoy he disarms one of the baddies, "Ha Ha! Toy Gun!" he gleefully crows until the baddie gives him a good whack!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Not a very well known film admittedly, but this is such an entertaining one. Gene Hackman is brilliant in it. From the start the film captures you and you want to know how it will end. I remember renting this film out ages ago and have wanted to buy a copy ever since, now I have. I highly recommend this film, it will keep you on the edge of your seat I promise you!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for its age? 23 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
Not a bad crime drama for its time, made in 1990 and starring Gene Hackman who you know is always going to give 110% and the never ageing Anne Archer,who in her late 30's? goes on a blind date and he gets shot for crossing a mob boss.As she witnesses it and mistakenly tells someone she becomes a target.Enter Hackman who works as a Dep.D.A. and offers her a deal to help bring the mob boss to justice.More shooting and bodies later, a train-journey,lies and more lies,double-crossing,trust-no-one.A well made crime drama.Give it a view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE NAIL BITER... 1 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is a terrific thriller with excellent performances by Gene Hackman, Anne Archer, J.T. Walsh, James B. Sikking, M. Emmett Walsh, and Susan Hogan. There are also some terrific action scenes. This film is guaranteed to keep the viewer on the edge of one's seat.
The plot is simple. A woman, Carol Hunnicutt (Anne Archer), goes on a blind date with an attorney (J.T. Walsh) with whom a well meaning friend has set her up. He gets a business call that he needs to return, as soon as possible. She accompanies him to his apartment. She excuses herself, while he makes his call, and goes to use the bathroom. In the meantime, he is visited by one of his clients, Leo Watts, and another man. Watts confronts the lawyer with the fact that he knows that the lawyer has gotten himself into a financial hole and has, consequently, stolen a lot of money from him. The lawyer, knowing Watts to be a ruthless mobster, begins to cry. Carol, overhearing the commotion, cautiously opens the door, only to see the other man with Watts execute her blind date.
Terror stricken, she sits mute for some time and then disappears to a remote Canadian location, where she is ulimately tracked down by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Robert Caulfield (Gene Hackman) and a Los Angeles Police Department Detective, who has accompanied him. They are working on the case involving the death of the attorney, and they believe that she may have some relevant information, as her fingerprints were discovered at the crime scene and traced back to her via an old anti-war protest arrest.
Unfortunately, Watts' men also find her, almost simultaneously, and the games begin in earnest with the detective killed in the process. Robert and Carol make a run for it and board a train headed towards Vancouver.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another Hackman potboiler, more edge-of-the-seat than some of his ...
Another Hackman potboiler, more edge-of-the-seat than some of his recent films. The woman he is rescuing finally irritated me to the point that I hoped he would leave her under a... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mr. J. Allsop
5.0 out of 5 stars I hesitate to give reviews after a funny comment on another review I...
I hesitate to give reviews after a funny comment on another review I have given 7th Aug 2007 The innocents..I do not know what the hell they were on about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers within past 30 years
One of the best thrillers within past 30 years. I've bought a few of these over the years as I watch it so much. Great acting, great story. Fabulous!
Published 1 month ago by paulam
5.0 out of 5 stars gene and ann
a movie I have always liked and finally got it on a dvd, gene and ann are a great combination
Published 2 months ago by grandmaC
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film
A very good thriller based on a train moving through the wilds of Canada. Plenty of action and a few surprises make this film a good one to watch.
Published 2 months ago by colinc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
A good film which we've seen a few times before we bought it on dvd. I read it was a remake of an old film. There was plenty of action, tied in with a decent storyline.
Published 4 months ago by Matthew Tittley
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
gene hackman is one of my favorite actors this film did not disapoint whatso ever and anne archer to add to watchability
Published 5 months ago by littleguy
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Directed But Nothing Special on Show Here
Narrow Margin is entertaining enough but there is nothing very special happening within its 90 minutes. The plot revolves around a woman who witnesses a murder on her blind date. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love gene Hackman, and Narrow Margin is a movie that I'd wanted to buy for some time, but just never got round to it. Action packed suspense filled.
Published 8 months ago by Mr P. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut thriller.
a taut seat gripping thriller with good acting from Hackman and Archer. It's a a good remake of the 1951 original
Published 12 months ago by Nicholas A. Gambardella
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