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Narrow Margin directed by Peter Hyams and loosely based on the classic film noir of the same title, tells the story of a resourceful District Attorney who must return a witness to San Francisco alive so she can testify in a trial. Carol (Anne Archer) is in the bathroom of the hotel room of her blind date when he is murdered by mobsters for stealing money. Knowing she is the only witness, Carol flees to an isolated Canadian mountain home to hide out. She is followed by Caulfield (Gene Hackman) who knows that she is a witness and wants to make her testify. When the mobsters track Caulfield to the cabin, Carol must join him in a run for her life on a Canadian train. This film, while it is somewhat uneven, is a tour de force for director/writer/cinematographer Peter Hyams, who delivers a fast-paced, action-packed chase through the Canadian mountains, stunningly photographed and well acted by both Hackman and Archer. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1990


Gene Hackman
as Robert Caulfield
Anne Archer
as Carol Hunnicut
James B. Sikking
as Nelson
J.T. Walsh
as Michael Tarlow
M. Emmet Walsh
as Sgt. Dominick Benti
Susan Hogan
as Kathryn Weller
Nigel Bennett
as Jack Wootton
J.A. Preston
as Martin Larner
Harris Yulin
as Leo Watts
Lesley Ewan
as Larner's Secretary
Barney O'Sullivan
as Ticket Agent
Barbara Russell
as Nicholas' Mother
Dana Still
as Bellman with Message
Lon Katzman
as Loughlin
Tom McBeath
as Conductor
Lindsay Bourne
as Club Car Waiter
Antony Holland
as Elderly Man
Robert Rozen
as Dining Car Waiter
Ron Cummins
as Hotel Valet
Andrew Rhodes
as Nigro
Kevin McNulty
as James Dahlbeck
Codie Lucas Wilbee
as Nicholas
Ted Stidder
as Conductor #1
Natino Bellantoni
as Bartender


Peter Hyams
Jonathan A. Zimbert
Mary Eilts
Peter Hyams
Martin Goldsmith
Screen Story
Peter Hyams
Bruce Broughton
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Kim Mooney
Art Director
Jerry Offsay
Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Kim MacKenzie
Set Designer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Stan Parks
Special Effects
Glenn Wilder
Pat Gerhardt
Earl Felton
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