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The Incident (1967)

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Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

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Larry Peerce

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Nicholas E. Baehr (story by), Nicholas E. Baehr (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Musante ... Joe Ferrone
Martin Sheen ... Artie Connors
Beau Bridges ... Pfc. Felix Teflinger
Brock Peters ... Arnold Robinson
Ruby Dee ... Joan Robinson
Jack Gilford ... Sam Beckerman
Thelma Ritter ... Bertha Beckerman
Ed McMahon ... Bill Wilks
Diana Van der Vlis ... Helen Wilks (as Diana van de Vlis)
Mike Kellin ... Harry Purvis
Jan Sterling ... Muriel Purvis
Gary Merrill ... Douglas McCann
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Kenneth Otis
Robert Bannard ... Pfc. Phillip Carmatti
Victor Arnold ... Tony Goya
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Storyline

Stark melodrama about two thrill seeking tough guys who terrorize late-night passengers on a New York City train. The random victims are more concerned with their own problems than helping each other and pray that they won't be next. But it's going to take a lot more than prayer to end this nightmare of fear and violence. Film debut of both Martin Sheen and Tony Musante as the hoodlums. Written by alfiehitchie

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As Shocking As Anything Let Loose On The Screen! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El incidente See more »

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A UK cinema release was rejected outright by the BBFC twice in January 1968. It has not been resubmitted since. See more »

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[repeated line]
Artie Connors: SPEECH! SPEECH!
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Referenced in Bananas (1971) See more »

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Gritty & Gripping, but with flaws
13 July 2004 | by pkwsbwSee all my reviews

I loved the way this film captured the essence of the 60s. Some people today think the 60s was the decade of long hair and flower power, but for the masses, that was really the 70s. The 60s, and most passengers on the ill-fated train car, were represented by tight clothes, businessmen who still wore hats and nondescript overcoats, and young women with straight, glossy hair. The two thugs who take over the train look like they might have come from a Beatles concert. I liked the realistic gritty look of the interior of the streetcar, with litter on the floor, and a design that seemed to come from about World War I. The outdoor scenes of the train passing by are very grainy, and in their black and white simplicity create an appropriate feel.

The movie is a bit heavy handed, though, in its morality lesson. It's as if the screenwriter had a framed copy of the German missive on the Nazi takeover above his desk: "First they came for the Jews, but I didn't speak out because I was not a Jew, then they came for the communists, but I didn't speak out because....." I simply can't believe that so many people could be so cowardly. The mod guy who freezes up while a bully strokes his girlfriend's hair is too much. And the fact that the bullies essentially insult everyone on the car in turn while everyone looks away doesn't wash either. You know you're next, so why not try to put a stop to it now? The black guy who was so eager to punch a white could have pummeled them both as soon as they let his wife/hostage go. Where did all his anger go? And the gay guy who tried to get off meekly returned when the weaker of the two bullies merely said, "go to your room". He was inches from freedom, and was much larger than Martin Sheen's character.

This movie is worth seeing for its cast alone. It's fun to see such a young Beau Bridges, and to see TV's Ed McMahon in a serious role. Virtually every cast member was known to me, if only as a familiar face from countless other movies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Oh, and I burst out laughing at a scene which probably was originally intended to be very poignant and thought provoking. Blame my recent addiction to Dave Chapelle's comedy. When the police finally come and see the carnage, they immediately try to cuff the black guy, without asking any questions.

With its flaws noted, I recommend this movie as a great time capsule of the 60s, and a study of how cowardice can lead to worse and worse situations.


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