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Year
1952
Runtime
71 min.
Director
Richard Fleischer
Genres
Thriller, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
5,582
Checks
1,339
Favs
113
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
8.4% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
14:1
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  1. ChrisReynolds's avatar

    ChrisReynolds

    Great noir. The plot's a bit contrived but it gets really tense and there's some fantastic noir dialogue. 6 years 5 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The Narrow Margin starts out with stock noir characters and at an efficient 72 minutes, doesn't allow them to stray very far off type, but there are a couple twists on the premise of a copper keeping a witness alive during a long train ride that make it worth one's while. But more than that, director Richard Fleischer crafts a surprisingly modern-looking film, not at all what you'd expect in 1952, with a more than usually claustrophobic train, and a dynamic, often hand-held camera that keeps us tight in the action. Most older train movies obviously take out walls so they can shoot the story comfortably, and so they look comfortable. Definitely not the case here, and it raises the tension considerably. It helps that the villains are a good match for the protagonist, and that the cat and mouse game is filled with the believable obstacles stemming from the well-realized environment. 1 year ago
  3. Rodney Dangerfield's avatar

    Rodney Dangerfield

    Fairly good but how annoying is that young boy? 7 years 1 month ago
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In 7 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #44 in IMDb's Film-noir Top 50
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    44
  2. This movie ranks #82 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
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    82
  3. This movie ranks #82 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
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    82
  4. This movie ranks #269 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #338 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  6. This movie ranks #573 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  7. This movie ranks #601 in Doubling the Canon
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