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|Across the Bridge
||Graham Greene (story)
Across the Bridge is a 1957 film directed by Ken Annakin. It is based on the short story of the same name by Graham Greene.
Carl Schaffner (Steiger) is a crooked American businessman who flees to Mexico after stealing company funds. While travelling by train, Schaffner decides to evade authorities 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, injurying Scarff. Carl later discovers that Scarff is wanted in Mexico as a political assassin. Carl then track down Scarff to get his original passport who was resting from the wounds. Carl arrives in Mexico, and get capture by the local police believing him to be Scarff. Carl then fights to show his true identity to 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 his own humanity has cost the cynical, friendless Schaffner his life.
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.
- Rank Film Library,"16mm Entertainment Film Catalogue 1978,9"
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