The Incident – Larry Peerce (1967)

The Incident is a 1967 American neo-noir thriller film written by Nicholas E. Baehr (based on his teleplay Ride with Terror, which had been previously adapted as a 1963 television film) and directed by Larry Peerce. The film stars Tony Musante and Martin Sheen (in his first film role) as two street hoods who terrorize 14 passengers sharing a New York City Subway car, played by an ensemble cast that includes Beau Bridges, Ruby Dee, Jack Gilford, Ed McMahon, Gary Merrill, Donna Mills, Brock Peters, Thelma Ritter, and Jan Sterling. On a late Sunday evening in the Bronx, punks Joe Ferrone and Artie Connors are looking for trouble. After giving a hard time to a pool hall owner for closing early, they briefly harass a passing couple, then mug an old man for his eight dollars and beat him into unconsciousness. Bill Wilks, his wife, Helen, and their sleeping 5-year old daughter board a southbound 4 subway train at the Bronx’s Mosholu Parkway station at 2:15 AM, after Bill refuses to take a cab to their home in Flushing, Queens, suggesting his wife is a spendthrift. When they enter the last car of the train, which only has one working door, its only other passenger is a sleeping derelict. At Bedford Park Boulevard–Lehman College, teenage virgin Alice Keenan, and her sexually aggressive date Tony Goya, board; at Kingsbridge Road elderly Jewish couple Bertha and Sam Beckerman, who have been arguing about the responsibilities of the younger generation, board; at Fordam Road, soldiers Pfc. Phillip Carmatti, and his Oklahoman friend Pfc. Felix Teflinger, who has a broken arm, board after having dinner with Carmatti’s Italian-American parents. At the Burnside Avenue station, after leaving a cocktail party, middle-aged Muriel Purvis boards with her mousey husband, Harry, whom she resents for earning less money than many of their friends and having no ambition; at 176th Street, out-of-work, recovering alcoholic Douglas McCann, boards, joined by Kenneth Otis, a homosexual man who earlier made an unsuccessful attempt at befriending McCann. At Mt. Eden Avenue, frustrated bigot Arnold Robinson, and his long-suffering wife Joan, an African-American couple, board after attending a charitable event for inner-city youth. Joe and Artie board at the 170th Street station and proceed to psychologically terrorize, humiliate and degrade every single adult passenger, as the train passes through the next 15 stations. …”
The Big Ugly: Larry Peerce’s ‘The Incident’
Roger Ebert
YouTube: The Incident (1967) MOVIE TRAILER – 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
YouTube: The Incident with Martin Sheen Tony Musante & Beau Bridges 1:39:00

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