The Narrow Margin
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A great cast, and everyone in THE NARROW MARGIN is very good to excellent, can be betrayed by a weak script and/or poor direction.Read more ›
Modest length - the movie clocks in at a spare 71 minutes, and all the fat has been trimmed. There is not one wasted moment, and the action will keep viewers rivited.
Brilliant black & white photography - all the moody shadows, claustrophobic camera angles and amazing lighting that epitomizes film noir are on hand here and used to great effect.
Snappy dialogue - some of the best hard-boiled dialogue I've heard ("I've met some hard cases before, lady, but you make 'em look like putty") ("What are you going to do? Shoot something for breakfast?"). The barbs come quick and steady, with menace and biting sarcasm.
Femme fatale - Mrs. Neil, the protected Mob witness is nasty, self-centered, selfish and mean. Detective Brown is almost no match for her sharp tongue.
In additon, there are twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the penultimate moment. This is one of those "old" movies that bear repeated viewings. Economy of direction, script and suspense that builds throughout make this film noir a classic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
71 minutes (my kind of movie) of intriguing characterization, nice photography in what is mostly a restricted field of vision, a couple of neat surprises, and a script that got a... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice and clear print. Great little gem of a crime drama, with crisp dialogue and taut action sequences. I hope someday this movie will receive a blu ray transfer that it deserves.Published 2 months ago by James of Carolina
High suspense as a lone cop tries to save the lives of a mother and son who are hunted by killers aboard a moving train.Published 3 months ago by etienne
A great film noir offerings. Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor are the best!Published 3 months ago by J. C. Westervelt
Good film noir. The dialogue is snappy and hard boiled. The directing is fast paced and lean. The acting is tough and convincing. This is an unknown classic of the genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This may be the best "B" film noir of all time. The filming and story takes place almost exclusively on the train, adding to an oppressive, claustrophobic atmosphere. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Randall P. Melville
Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor were perfect for this movie noir. This movie definitely holds up today and is much better than today's muck. A must see.Published 7 months ago by Pogodog
great "film noir" movie. The "twists and turns" and their timing hold your attention.
A great find in a little known movie.