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Narrow Margin (1990)

A Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney is sent to protect a woman who accidentally witnessed a Mafia murder.

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A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up with her, she is unwilling to testify to what she has seen, but the Mafia are on her trail. Accompanied by a deputy district attorney, the woman boards a train travelling through a remote part of Canada. The Mafia know him but they have never seen her. Written by Rob Hartill

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Le seul témoin  »

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$10,873,237
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Writer/director Peter Hyams was searching through old movie classics that might be good to remake but only ones which were not too well-known and significant. In the end, Hyams chose Richard Fleischer's The Narrow Margin (1952). See more »

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As Caufield's helicopter is approaching the mountain cabin, the outside scenery alternates from treeless, snow-covered mountain peaks and deep forests. See more »

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Kathryn Weller: I don't want you. Just her. You understand. It's strictly business. You should have taken the money.
Caulfield: You know what I like about you? You're tall.
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Edited into Crash Point Zero (2001) See more »

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Enjoyable suspenser remake that could have been better!
12 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie succeeds on the talent of Gene Hackman and his co-stars especially Anne Archer and James Sikking. The story is as follows Carol Hunnicutt (Archer) is a witness to a mob killing, so she hides in a remote part of Canada. los Angeles Deputy D.A Robert Caulfield (Hackman)is given the task of finding her to bring her back to L.A to testify at a Mob trial, but he accidently tells the Hit-men out to silence her - her whereabouts, so when he arrives at her remote cabin, there a helicopter full of bad guys waiting for them - so begins a enjoyably suspense chase through remote Canada, they decide to get on a Cross-Country train.. but the bad guys are also on board, so theyt spend the night trying to avoid a bullet. If it sounds familiar it's because the movie's a remake of the 1950'S RKO Picture of the same name starring Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor.

Double crosses,dirty cops and tension throughout but the script could have been better and the movie (just over 90 mins) could have been longer and the climax is slightly disappointing

otherwise it's a good early 1990's movie from Peter Hyams who's had a bit of a hit and miss career since,HIT:- Timecop (1994) and The Relic (1997) and Sudden Death (1995) - MISS:- Stay Tuned (1992) and End of days (1999)

My rating 8/10


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