Genre Guesstimation – Narrow Margin (1990)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Michael Eddy and it is Hitchcockian Films.

Hitchcock films by the master himself and the best “Hitchcock films” not directed by Hitchcock.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Mike!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hitchcockian Films Movies.

“I only drink when I’m on duty. ” – Benti

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Theater in ’90, cable and 1 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A district attorney must protect a witness as they travel across the country by train while avoiding the hitmen sent to kill her.

My Take on it – As most of you already know, I’m not the biggest fan of remakes, but in cases like this film, one must make exceptions.

They were able to take the original idea, expand on it, switch things around and even change the way characters brought over from the original storyline act and react.

Eventhough I had just finished watching the original, I was caught off guard by lots of the changes made here which helps keep things fresh, enjoyable and most of all, thrilling.

This film is filled with so many twists and turns that you never know what to expect the whole way through.

This is definitely a film that I could see Hitchcock making and he would have found a way to make the story even better than it already is.

Bottom Line – Great remake that works on so many levels. Hackman and Archer are great together and the viewer wants to constantly root for them. The thrills keep coming the whole way especially due to the various twosts and turns along with a few surprises. Definitely could see Hitchcock making a film like this one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Notable for an action film, the majority of the main cast was over the age of 40 when the film was made and later released. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? –  Comes even closer than the original. They do an amazing job keeping the suspense going and also throwing surprises our way the whole time, even if (especially if) we’ve seen the original.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Narrow Margin (1990)

  1. I’m a huge fan of Gene Hackman and have noticed not a lot of people talk about this film. He’s stretched himself further elsewhere and there are a number of performances you can point to that are far more memorable. But I must say this is one of his most entertaining. It’s a really well orchestrated thriller and I think one you can return to again and again.


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