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Across the Bridge (film)

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Director  Ken Annakin
Music director  James Bernard
Country  United Kingdom
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language  English
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Release date  6 September 1957 (1957-09-06)
Based on  "Across the Bridge"  by Graham Greene
Writer  Graham Greene (story), Guy Elmes (screenplay), Denis Freeman (screenplay)
Screenplay  Graham Greene, Denis Freeman, Guy Elmes
Cast  Rod Steiger (Carl Schaffner), David Knight (Johnny), Marla Landi (Mary), Noel Willman (Chief of Police), Bernard Lee (Chief Inspector Hadden), Eric Pohlmann (Police Sergeant)
Similar movies  Blackhat, Mad Max, Snowpiercer, The Expendables, Payroll, The Criminal

Across the Bridge is a 1957 British film directed by Ken Annakin. It is based on the short story "Across the Bridge" by Graham Greene. It stars Rod Steiger and Bernard Lee.


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Carl Schaffner (Steiger) is a crooked English (previously German) businessman who flees to Mexico after stealing company funds. While travelling by train, Schaffner decides to evade authorities. He drugs and switches identities with fellow train passenger Paul Scarff, who looks like him and has a Mexican passport. He throws Paul Scarff off the train, injuring Scarff. Carl later discovers that Scarff is wanted in Mexico as a political assassin. Carl then tracks down Scarff, who is resting from his injuries, to get back his original passport. Carl arrives in Mexico and is captured by the local police, who mistake him for Scarff. Carl then fights to show his true identity to the local police. The plan seems foolproof until he is forced to care for the dog of Scarff. The local police chief and Scotland Yard inspector Hadden conspire to keep him trapped in the Mexican border town of Katrina in an effort to get him to cross the bridge back into the U.S. and face justice. The misanthropic Schaffner has grown attached to Scarff's pet spaniel and is tricked into going across the dividing line of the bridge to get the dog. He is accidentally killed trying to escape the authorities. The final irony is that the discovery of his own humanity has cost the cynical, friendless Schaffner his life.


  • Rod Steiger as Carl Schaffner
  • David Knight as Johnny
  • Marla Landi as Mary
  • Noel Willman as Chief of Police
  • Bernard Lee as Chief Inspector Hadden
  • Eric Pohlmann as Police Sergeant
  • Alan Gifford as Cooper
  • Ingeborg von Kusserow as Mrs. Scarff (as Ingeborg Wells)
  • Bill Nagy as Paul Scarff
  • Faith Brook as Kay
  • Marianne Deeming as Anna
  • Reception

    Reviews for the film are mostly positive. Britmovie's review of the film signals out Steiger's performance as one of the film's highlights: "Rod Steiger produces a gripping and highly charismatic performance as the conceited financier trapped in limbo with luck running out."

    An American remake, Double Take, was released in 2001.


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