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Across the Bridge (1957)

A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Graham Greene (story "Across the Bridge"), Guy Elmes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Carl Schaffner
David Knight ... Johnny
Noel Willman ... Chief of Police
Marla Landi ... Mary
Dolores Dolores ... Dolores
Bernard Lee ... Chief Inspector Hadden
Eric Pohlmann ... Police Sergeant
Alan Gifford ... Cooper
Ingeborg von Kusserow ... Mrs. Scarff (as Ingeborg Wells)
Bill Nagy ... Paul Scarff
Faith Brook ... Kay
Marianne Deeming Marianne Deeming ... Anna
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Milton
Mark Baker Mark Baker ... Baggage Man
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Sam
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Storyline

On the run from the US police after being charged with embezzlement, a billionaire attempts to flee to Mexico by stealing the identity of a stranger. However, his life is made much more difficult when he finds out that that man is a wanted Mexican criminal. Written by themadmovieman

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Graham Greene's Great Suspense Story ! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 September 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Frontière dangereuse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Rod Steiger insisted on two weeks of rehearsal so that he could fully get to grips with the nature of his character. See more »

Goofs

Carl looks at the New York Central ticket to determine his destination. However, he is on a Pennsylvania RR train and would have had a PRR ticket, not New York Central. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kick of Death (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Smooth Sequence
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Published by Boosey & Hawkes
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One worth seeking out
25 February 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Of all the films made from the novels and stories of Graham Greene, "Across the Bridge" is probably the least known and least appreciated which is a pity as it's actually very good, (it's much, much better than John Ford's "The Fugitive", his feeble attempt to film "The Power and the Glory"). Of course, with a better director than Ken Annakin and a better supporting cast it might have been perfect. As it is, it's entirely reliant on its plot, which is gripping, and a sterling performance from Rod Steiger, to hold our interest.

He's Carl Schaffner, a crooked businessman who, in an attempt to escape justice, assumes the identity of the man he thinks he's killed and who just happens to be a murderer. It's a plot not dissimilar to that of Antonioni's later "The Passenger" and if this film is never in that class, neither does it deserve to be overlooked. Worth seeking out.


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