Review: ‘The Incident’

Strong casting, impressive direction and generally sharp writing (from an old TV script) make The Incident a very fine episodic drama about two toughs who intimidate passengers on a NY subway train.

Strong casting, impressive direction and generally sharp writing (from an old TV script) make The Incident a very fine episodic drama about two toughs who intimidate passengers on a NY subway train.

Some overexposition and relaxed editing flag the pace, but, overall, the production is a candid indictment, in situation and in dialog, of alienation.

Baehr’s screenplay spotlights Tony Musante and Martin Sheen, out-for-kicks pair, who terrorize 16 train riders. Latter include soldiers Beau Bridges and Bob Bannard, middle-class couple Ed McMahon and Diana Van Der Vlis (with child), elderly marrieds Jack Gilford and Thelma Ritter. The two toughs lay bare the weaknesses in all characters.

The Incident

Production

20th Century-Fox/Moned. Director Larry Peerce; Producer Monroe Sachson, Edward Meadow; Screenplay Nicholas E. Baehr; Camera Gerald Hirschfeld; Editor Armand Lebowitz; Music Terry Knight; Art Director Manny Gerard

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Tony Musante Martin Sheen Beau Bridges Bob Bannard Ed McMahon Diana Van Der Vlis
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