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ChrisReynolds

Great noir. The plot's a bit contrived but it gets really tense and there's some fantastic noir dialogue.
6 years 8 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Rodney Dangerfield

Fairly good but how annoying is that young boy?
7 years 3 months ago
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Ivan0716

One of the best noirs.
9 years 4 months ago
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Flowneppets

Almost like watching a Hitchcock film. Highly recommended.
9 years 1 month ago
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boulderman

Tight but thin-ish. Enjoyed the pace, theme, setting, dialogue and acting, there were some decent plot points. 7/10 film noir is one of my favourite genres, The Big Heat my favourite.
8 months 1 week ago
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timmy_501

Some nice stylistic flourishes and great pacing make up for a haphazard plot.
7 years 9 months ago
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sureup

Good film but spoiler
7 years 1 month ago
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ClassicLady

I was expecting this to be a lot better than it was. It was a good film but not as great as the build-up it got on TCM. Still, it held my attention and kept me guessing even if the suspense wasn't there.
7 years ago
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