The Incident (1967) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Late one night, two young toughs hold hostage the passengers in one car of a New York subway train.

  • Stark melodrama about two thrill seeking tough guys who terrorize late-night passengers on a New York City train. The random victims are more concerned with their own problems than helping each other and pray that they won't be next. But it's going to take a lot more than prayer to end this nightmare of fear and violence. Film debut of both Martin Sheen and Tony Musante as the hoodlums.

  • It's the wee small hours of a Monday morning in New York City. A disparate group of sixteen, most traveling in pairs and trying to make their way home after a night out, are on the same subway car. This time marks most facing some sort of issue, just a continuation of the problem that each faces in his, her or their day-to-day life. Their tense quiet is shattered with Joe Ferrone and Artie Connors boarding the same car. Joe and Artie are a couple of menacing punks who just want to cause trouble for their own amusement, they already having violently mugged a man earlier in the evening for a mere $8. While Joe and Artie block the doors preventing anyone from entering or exiting at any station - all the others on board who are lucid enough who would indeed like to get off to escape - the other passengers are generally a passive lot watching the proceedings as Joe and Artie systematically direct their menace at each of the sixteen in turn. What Joe and Artie are able to do in their terrorizing actions before this incident reaches its end is only bring to the surface the problems the passengers are facing in their lives.



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