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Across the Bridge


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From a novel by Graham Greene, Rod Steiger plays an unscrupulous financier who has absconded to Mexico with company funds. A genius at improvisation, he evades the authorities and concocts a scheme whereby he will murder a man, dispose of the body and assume the dead man's identitie. He soon learns the dead man whose identity he assumed was an even more notorious fugitive from justice.

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  • Actors: Rod Steiger, David Knight, Bernard Lee, Noel Willman, Marla Landi
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Writers: Denis Freeman, Graham Greene, Guy Elmes
  • Producers: Earl St. John, John Stafford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SHANACHIE
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012FWZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Across the Bridge" on IMDb

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Hare on February 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Ken Annakin is one of the most widely traveled international directors in cinema annals, journeying to every continent to accept the kinds of creative challenges daring filmmakers, in the ranks of which he definitely resides, thrive upon. Among his celebrated triumphs are "The Longest Day," in which he directed the most difficult battle scenes of Darryl F. Zanuck's classic, "Swiss Family Robinson," one of the industry's all-time grossers,and "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," a brilliant spoof containing some of the most inventive scenes in aviation filmmaking, for which he and co-scenarist Jack Davies received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
"Across the Bridge," a great British film shot in Spain, on its 1957 release was heralded as a suspense classic along the lines of Carol Reed's "The Third Man" eight years earlier. Reed led the early chorus of praise for a film unique in its presentation that traces the degradation of a haughty, corrupt, and thoroughly arrogant international financier who sees his world of opulence destroyed piece by piece when, after being alerted that Scotland Yard is pursuing him on fraud charges, travels from New York to Texas and, ultimately, Mexico to elude authorities. Adapted from a Graham Greene story, the same celebrated British author who wrote the screenplay for "The Third Man," Annakin aided scenarists John Stafford and Guy Elmes in their effort to convert a short story into a full-fledged drama concentrating on the psychology of greed interspersed with the theme of alienation.
When Rod Steiger, who catapulted to international stardom portraying the hunted international financier, arrives in Mexico, he learns that Bernard Lee of Scotland Yard is nipping at his heels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2006
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Across the Bridge has one of those titles that makes it sound like an Arthur Miller play but is actually based on one of Graham Greene's guilt-wracked stories. And it's a corker, with a great premise that reminds you that before he moved on to guilt, infidelity and Catholicism, Greene wrote cracking pulp thrillers like A Gun for Sale. Rod Steiger is powerful and shady financier Carl Schaffner, on the run from the British police in America and trying to cross the border into Mexico before he can be extradited. So he does what any one of us would do - kills another person who looks vaguely similar to steal his Mexican passport and travel unhindered on that. Naturally, things go wrong. He finds himself saddled with the dead man's dog. The dead man turns out to be a killer wanted by the Mexican police. And the dead man turns out not to be dead. And that's not the least of it, as the unexpected plot twists mount while Schaffner starts to look like the least corrupt person in the film compared to the strokes Noel Willman's patiently greedy Mexican police chief and Bernard Lee's determined but less than ethical Scotland Yard man are willing to pull to either get his money or lure him across the bridge...

Ken Annakin's film may be shot on location in Spain, but it has a resolutely British studio look to both its photography and its interior work (as well as its rather over-emphatic James Bernard score) - you can take the British out of Britain but not the Britishness out of their films, it seems. Not that that's a complaint: indeed, it gives the film a strange texture that you don't naturally associate with this kind of material that adds to its anonymously professional uniqueness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on June 30, 2012
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If your friend - the film buff - tries to overwhelm you with his or her knowledge of some obscure classic, ask him or her to offer an opinion about "Across the Bridge." Don't be surprised if the film expert suddenly goes blank and says that he or she is unaware of the film, so why is it so impressive. But make no mistake, this is a terrific classic - and a thinking person's movie.

One of the 20th century's best method actors - Rod Steiger - felt that, along with "The Pawnbroker", this was his finest film. Explain to your film buff that just like "The Third Man", this British film is based on a short story of Graham Greene. Tell him or her that the film directors and critics in Britain were deeply impressed with the movie at the time it was initially screened and thought it was one of the best "Rank" production in years. But most of all, form your own opinion of the merits of the movie.

Time and Place? 1956, New York City. The story involves an international businessman who discovers that Scotland Yard is investigating his involvement in a major financial scandal and loss of funds. Thinking he is one step ahead of everyone, the businessman has already prepared for this eventuality. Carl Schaffner (Rod Steiger) has stashed away one million dollars in Mexico in the event he needs to run; therefore he quickly and calmly boards a train to go across the border. There is more than a little hint that Carl Schaffner may not even be the capitalist's real name and that in Germany he was a former Nazi officer.

On the train, Schaffner accidentally meets an American - Paul Scarff (Bill Nagy) - who is planning to meet his wife. Unlike Carl Schaffner...Mr. Scarff has a Mexican passport. So Schaffner gets Mr.
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