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The Incident (1967) Blu-ray Review
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In this 1967 drama that’s staged more like a documentary than fiction, a group of passengers traveling from one end of New York City to the other in the middle of the night find themselves trapped on a subway car with two unruly thugs determined to lay waste to the very notion of common decency.

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Powerful stuff, even now. One gets plenty uncomfortable watching it.

The cast is quite amazing for a low-budget quickie from 1967. Ed McMahon (yes, that Ed McMahon) is actually excellent as a bickering husband on board with his ineffectual wife and toddler daughter, who sleeps through the while incident. And my old friend Gary Merrill has a nice low-key role absent of his usual schtick.

The transfer is beautiful, to my eyes. Can't go wrong with this one, folks!

Nice review, Josh.
 
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This was a strong and disturbing film in 1968, and of course, retains that power today. Memorable and lasting. Even though 'The Incident' was intended for a mature theatre going audience, Fox must have sold this early on to the foreign television markets, as I saw it (and more than once) on Canadian television the very same year it was first released...definitely not the usually expected lag time between theatrical and television broadcast debut. The whole cast is great, of course. Being a classic tv collector, I have a real affection for Mike Kellin and Gary Merrill... two of the best world weary hangdog faces in the business...
 

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This was a strong and disturbing film in 1968, and of course, retains that power today. Memorable and lasting. Even though 'The Incident' was intended for a mature theatre going audience, Fox must have sold this early on to the foreign television markets, as I saw it (and more than once) on Canadian television the very same year it was first released...definitely not the usually expected lag time between theatrical and television broadcast debut. The whole cast is great, of course. Being a classic tv collector, I have a real affection for Mike Kellin and Gary Merrill... two of the best world weary hangdog faces in the business...

Kellin was an underrated actor. Check out his very brief (almost a cameo) performance in MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. It's heart-wrenching and Oscar-worthy. As for Gary Merrill, well, I am biased there because I knew him, and he "starred in" in a few of my Super 8mm/16mm films as a favor to me, a then-aspiring filmmaker, in the 60's-70's. I think his best work in Hollywood was for TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, DECISION AT DAWN and ALL ABOUT EVE, but in his later years THE INCIDENT was a worthy contender.
 

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So I think I watched this disc March 19th. I've seen ten other movies since then, but the one I keep returning to in my thoughts is The Incident. This is a movie that's really been sticking with me. It's very effective filmmaking which has left a real impression.
 

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One Sunday afternoon about 15 yeaars ago, by coincidence, one NYC local chanel ran "The Incident" while a competing station showed "The Taking of Pelham 123" later that day....What a way to scare people away from riding the subways !
 

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The comparison to THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 (1974) is apt. However, I'm struck by how much more horrifying THE INCIDENT is. Even 51 years later, THE INCIDENT is all too possible (as a regular commuter on the NYC subway system, I can tell you that this movie is unnerving to watch!) - it plays as a docudrama with little or no humor to alleviate the tension. PELHAM - just as brilliant - is different, in that the premise was even fantastic in 1974 - let alone 2018 - in addition, there's a terrific amount of humor thanks to Walter Matthau, Lee Wallace (as a Mayor Abe Beame stand-in) and Doris Roberts as the mayor's wife.
 

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I recently purchased the Region 2 PAL DVD. It has excellent picture and sound quality and is a less expensive option for this hard to find movie.
 

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This was a strong and disturbing film in 1968, and of course, retains that power today. Memorable and lasting. Even though 'The Incident' was intended for a mature theatre going audience, Fox must have sold this early on to the foreign television markets, as I saw it (and more than once) on Canadian television the very same year it was first released...definitely not the usually expected lag time between theatrical and television broadcast debut. The whole cast is great, of course. Being a classic tv collector, I have a real affection for Mike Kellin and Gary Merrill... two of the best world weary hangdog faces in the business...

Viewed this movie last night and am still thinking about it today. The acting was so good by all the players and so utterly convincing . I bet The Incident is happening right now ....somewhere.
 

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It can be a difficult film to watch but also a worthwhile one. (But of course, only when you're in the mood for it.) I wasn't necessarily prepared for it to be as bleak as it was, which may be why it left such an impression.
 

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Recently saw The Incident for the first time ever. Wow - what a truly incredible & unnerving film. I had actually never heard of this before last year. Extremely powerful & intense, with incredibly convincing acting. This is one of those films I couldn't turn away from until it was over.

As someone who takes public transportation on a regular basis (though not in NYC), I can easily see this type of thing happening.

I actually see the film as a study in psychology - i.e., the two thugs (Ferrone & Connors) felt empowered to go around & harass, threaten, and berate the innocent train passengers - because they were together. If only one of them had been there, however - it's obvious they would not have acted like this. Going along with this, it was fascinating to see the varied reactions of the passengers to this harassment.

Numerous points:

-It was interesting to see the angry man (who initially got unjustifiably enraged & threatened the old subway worker for an imagined slight) - became obviously gleeful on the train when the thugs were harassing the other passengers - to the point that he made his wife stay on beyond their stop so he could observe this. However, his glee turned to rage/frustration when he & his wife were themselves the thug's targets. He was obviously OK with berating/threatening a lone old man, but became fearful when dealing with two much younger, stronger, and dangerous thugs. I.e., he could dish it out, but couldn't take it - typical.

-Also predictable to see the initially cocky & arrogant guy (who was "dating" the attractive blonde) become fearful when challenged by the thugs.

-Nice to see the angry older man (who was upset because his son wouldn't pay to get his teeth fixed) being one of the few who stood up to the thugs, despite being old & weak.

-For some reason, I was not surprised to see the Beau Bridges character (the soldier with the broken arm) finally stand up to the thugs. I suspected someone would do so before the movie ended. It was also completely predictable that Artie (Sheen) became scared after his companion got beaten up, and then opened himself up to being incapacitated by BB. Like all cowardly scum, this thug was only "brave" when his buddy/companion was backing him up - but, when alone, he turned back into the coward that he always was.

-It was funny that the sleeping homeless guy (who never woke up during the entire film) fell onto the floor in a drunken?! stupor at the very end - LOL.
 
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