Narrow Margin You have to have quite a few tricks up your sleeve to set a movie almost entirely aboard a speeding train. Hitchcock certainly did when… Narrow Margin You have to have quite a few tricks up your sleeve to set a movie almost entirely aboard a speeding train. Hitchcock certainly did when… R PT97M Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Anne Archer Gene Hackman James B. Sikking J.T. Walsh M. Emmet Walsh TriStar Pictures
Movie Review

Narrow Margin (1990)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Rated: R; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Anne Archer and Gene Hackman; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

You have to have quite a few tricks up your sleeve to set a movie almost entirely aboard a speeding train. Hitchcock certainly did when he made The Lady Vanishes. But Narrow Margin, despite a sturdy turn by Gene Hackman as a cynical assistant DA, is a thinly scripted procession of train-movie clichés. At least director Peter Hyams knows where to put the camera. Near the end, he gets Hackman and Anne Archer atop the vehicle for a breakneck, comin'-'round-the-mountain face-off with the thugs who've been chasing them. The cutting between the actors and stunt doubles is so seamless — or is it really Hackman and Archer up there? — that the most suspenseful thing in the movie is figuring out how the heck Hyams did it. C

Originally posted Sep 28, 1990 Published in issue #33 Sep 28, 1990 Order article reprints