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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0784011699
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2001
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 By Rich Milligan on 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.
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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 By nashstarter@hotmail.com on 24 April 2001
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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 By Inmi Opinion on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2011
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Peter Hyams' remake of Richard Fleisher's 1952 The Narrow Margin focuses more on atmosphere and scenery than it does film noir. It does make for a cool, if a bit too short, movie.

Gene Hackman is the loudmouth Deputy DA desperate to get a big daddy mob boss behind bars. And when a shy book editor witnesses a mob assassination he treks out to Middleofnowhere, Canada to drag her into court to testify. Problem's arise when the bad guys show up in the wilderness and blow the crap out of her cabin.

A brilliant, rustic car/chopper chase down the sheer slopes of a mountain forest follows. It's an exciting scene with some great shots and sharp editing. Once they reach the bottom of the mountain they find a train station and board the train for a private cabin. The bad guys follow, only they still don't know what their witness looks like.

Many scenes of hiding and seeking make up the rest of the movie. It doesn't sound like much but Peter Hyams' anamorphic Panavision photography is used to the max to promote a sense of claustrophobia and even the quieter scenes are dominated by the sound of the train charging through the dark Canadian wilderness. One particular scene at Monashee Station really does take advantage of the 'middle of nowhere' feeling.

Bruce Broughton's score is kind of okay, but nothing as loud and exciting as the score he originally created. Peter Hyams disagreed (as he often does with his composers) and chopped up Broughton's work in post-production. Thus, the music in the movie is more of an underscore with much of the more action-based cues missing. You ought to hunt down the
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