Narrow Margin

Narrow Margin
Narrow Margin 1990 Poster.jpg
Directed byPeter Hyams
Produced byAndrew G. Vajna
Written byPeter Hyams
Music byBruce Broughton
CinematographyPeter Hyams
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • September 21, 1990 (1990-09-21) (U.S.)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$10,873,237

Narrow Margin is a 1990 crime thriller film directed by Peter Hyams and released by TriStar Pictures, loosely based on the 1952 film noir The Narrow Margin. It tells the story of a Los Angeles deputy district attorney who attempts to keep a murder witness safe from hit men while traveling through the Canadian wilderness aboard a train. The film stars Gene Hackman and Anne Archer.


A Los Angeles district attorney (Gene Hackman) is attempting to take an unwilling murder witness (Anne Archer) back to the United States from Canada to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hit men sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to find the killers are on board with them. For the next 20 hours, as the train hurls through the beautiful but isolated Canadian wilderness, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in which their ability to tell friend from foe is a matter of life and death.