Incident, The (1967): Larry Peerce’s Film Noir

Larry Peerce directed The Incident, a neo-noir thriller written by Nicholas E. Baehr, based on his teleplay “Ride with Terror,” which had been previously adapted as a 1963 television film.

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.

The ensemble cast includes Beau Bridges, Ruby Dee, Jack Gilford, Ed McMahon, Gary Merrill, Donna Mills, Brock Peters, Thelma Ritter, and Jan Sterling.

The film was made for a budget of $1,050,000.

In the end, only when the sleeping drunk rolls over and falls to the floor, the passengers begin to exit the train, stepping over the drunk’s unconscious body.

Tony Musante as Joe Ferrone
Martin Sheen as Artie Connors
Ed McMahon as Bill Wilks
Diana Van der Vlis as Helen Wilks
Victor Arnold as Tony Goya
Donna Mills as Alice Keenan
Jack Gilford as Sam Beckerman
Thelma Ritter as Bertha Beckerman
Beau Bridges as Pfc. Felix Teflinger
Robert Bannard as Pfc. Phillip Carmatti
Mike Kellin as Harry Purvis
Jan Sterling as Muriel Purvis
Gary Merrill as Douglas McCann
Robert Fields as Kenneth Otis
Brock Peters as Arnold Robinson
Ruby Dee as Joan Robinson
Don De Leo as Mr. Carmatti
Nina Hansen as Mrs. Carmatti