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Release Date:
26 January 1968 (West Germany) See more »
At 1:55 a.m. Joe Ferrone and Artie Connors went looking for kicks. They found it 7 minutes later in "The Incident." See more »
Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Where was Bernie Goetz when we really needed him See more (70 total) »


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Victor Arnold ... Tony Goya
Robert Bannard ... Pfc. Phillip Carmatti

Beau Bridges ... Pfc. Felix Teflinger

Ruby Dee ... Joan Robinson
Robert Fields ... Kenneth Otis

Jack Gilford ... Sam Beckerman

Mike Kellin ... Harry Purvis

Ed McMahon ... Bill Wilks

Gary Merrill ... Douglas McCann

Donna Mills ... Alice Keenan
Tony Musante ... Joe Ferrone

Brock Peters ... Arnold Robinson

Thelma Ritter ... Bertha Beckerman

Martin Sheen ... Artie Connors

Jan Sterling ... Muriel Purvis

Diana Van der Vlis ... Helen Wilks
Kathleen Smith ... Wilks' Daughter
Henry Proach ... Derelict
Neal Hynes ... Change Booth Attendant
Ben Levi ... Man Who Gets Mugged
Marty Meyers ... Pool Hall Owner
Don De Leo ... Mr. Carmatti
Ted Lawrie ... Host
John Servetnik ... Bartender
Ray Cole ... Young Man #1
Barry Del Rae ... Young Man #2
Nico Hartos ... Policeman
Maxine McCrey ... Negro Woman
Nina Hansen ... Mrs. Carmatti

Directed by
Larry Peerce 
Writing credits
Nicholas E. Baehr (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Edward Meadow .... producer
Monroe Sachson .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
Terry Knight 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz 
Production Design by
Emanuel Gerard  (as Manny Gerard)
Art Direction by
Emanuel Gerard 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Muriel Gettinger 
Makeup Department
Herman Buchman .... makeup artist
Lee Trent .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David Golden .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Barnett .... assistant director
Alex Hapsas .... second assistant director
Michael Blum .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
Emanuel Gerard .... designer: subway car (as Manny Gerard)
Fred Hempe .... set dresser
John Michalak .... carpenter
Mickey Oates .... construction coordinator
Murray P. Stern .... scenic artist (as Murray Stern)
Hans Swanson .... carpenter (as Hans Swenson)
Sound Department
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound (as Jack Jacobsen)
Gary Lebowitz .... sound effects editor
Erno Sethy .... sound effects editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Visual Effects by
Milton Olshin .... head projection operator (as Milt Oshins)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barr .... grip
Samuel Dinen .... still photographer (as Samuel Dinin)
Alec Hirschfeld .... camera assistant
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Dick Kratina)
Milton Moshlak .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeane Huljack .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter
Music Department
Charles Fox .... conductor
Other crew
Jurgen Jacobsen .... assistant to producer
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (as Ralph Leo)
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Incident" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"El incidente" - Argentina (imdb display title), Spain
"Инцидентът" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Инцидент, или Случай в метро" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Het uur der lafaards" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Incident ... und sie kannten kein Erbarmen" - West Germany
"Incidentul" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Incydent" - Poland
"Korkunç olay" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"L'incident" - France (imdb display title)
"Nea Yorki, ora 3" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"New York hajnali háromkor" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"New York kl. 3 nat" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"New York: ore tre - L'ora dei vigliacchi" - Italy (imdb display title)
"O Incidente" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Terror i natten" - Norway
"Terroristerna" - Finland (Swedish title)
"Terroristit" - Finland
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1968) | Portugal:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1968) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

The New York Transit Authority denied permission to film even background shots on its property, but the filmmakers shot them anyway. Cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld and an assistant rode the subway with a hidden camera, and when its sound was noticed, they stopped and came back later to finish the job. Hirschfeld said in an interview that he filmed in black and white in order to get "the most realistic style of photography possible"; test shots were taken in muted color but they were deemed to distract from the desired "somber" effect.See more »
Pfc. Felix Teflinger:No I don't think we're better than you, son. However, uh, I do think we're a little quieter.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Felix the Cat" (1958)See more »


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29 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Where was Bernie Goetz when we really needed him, 3 August 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

****SPOILERS**** Until I saw the movie "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" in the late 1980's I never saw a major movie out of Hollywood more vicious and disturbing then "The Incident".

Two brutal and vicious thugs Joe Ferrone & Arti Connors, Tony Musante & Martin Sheen, after brutally murdering a man, Ben Levi,coming home from work at night get on a New York City subway train and terrorize all the passengers on it. Like in most New York City movies the train contains every nationality age and social group and even sexual preference on it and Joe & Arti treat them all just about equally.

What was very phony about the movie is that the subway car had something like a dozen passengers on it and nobody or no group of the passengers tried at attack and subdue the two thugs that until the very end. The thugs didn't even show or pull out any weapons and when they did the only weapon they had was a switchblade knife. Even more so they not only brutalized everyone on the subway car they nauseatingly humiliated all the women who were on the train in full sight of their husbands or boyfriends! with the men doing absolutely nothing to help them! I couldn't help wondering what the wives and girlfriends of these wimps did after this hell was over did they still stay with them? Another thing that was a little bit off was that both Joe & Arti went from person or couple to couple abusing and humiliating each one as it they were working on an assembly line.

The two jumped on a poor gay man Ken, Robert Fields, and brutalized him so badly that he looked like he lost his mind and was left in a catatonic state with nobody on the train lifting as much as a finger to help the poor man. There was also a black couple Arnold and Joan Robinson,Brock Peters and Ruby Dee, who were about to leave the train on their stop at 125th street in Harlem but Arnold insisted that his wife stay with him on the train so he can see the "show", how stupid can one get? Being the only two blacks on the train Arnold was especially singled out by the two white thugs for special treatment. The big strapping black militant was left whimpering and crying like a baby in front of his wife Joan and a train full of whites whom Arnold showed earlier in the movie nothing but hatred contempt and scorn for.

The outrages continued until Felix, Beau Bridges, A GI on leave with a broken arm in the big city just couldn't take it any more when Joe started molesting Mr. & Mrs. Wilks, Ed McMahon & Diana Vander Vilis, young daughter. Felix finally took the law into his own hands by smashing Joe's face in with his plaster cast that he had on his broken arm, that it took a dentist to pull all of Joe's teeth out of it. Felix then cornered and kicked Arti so hard between his legs that if he were a football he would have traveled at least fifty yards for a field goal with Felix getting a knife right in his gut, and as usual in this movie, with nobody coming to his aid until it was too late or better yet until the police finally came to the "rescue".

Seventeen years later after the movie "The Incident" was released on the early afternoon of December 22, 1984 another "Incident" happened on the Subway in New York City that was like the movie but with a much better ending. Bernie Goetz was on a crowded #2 subway train minding his own business when he was confronted by four muggers wanting his wallet. In him knowing what he was in for Bernie then pulled something out of his jacket pocket but it wasn't a Christmas gift and ended up putting the four would-be subway Christmas shoppers out of action for a long long time. I always thought and suspected that Bernie saw the movie "The Incident" and knew what just to expect on the NYC subway and also made sure that he would be ready for it when it came.

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