The Incident (1990 film)

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The Incident
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Written by Michael Norell
James Norell
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Starring Walter Matthau
Susan Blakely
Robert Carradine
Peter Firth
Harry Morgan
Barnard Hughes
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Bill Brademan
Edwin Self
Editor(s) Debra Karen
Cinematography Kees Van Oostrum
Running time 100 min.
Distributor Quintex Entertainment (USA)
Original release March 4, 1990
Followed by Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore
Incident in a Small Town

The Incident is a TV movie starring Walter Matthau, originally broadcast on the CBS network on March 4, 1990. The film marked Matthau's return to television after over 20 years.[1]


The story takes place in the year 1944 in Lincoln Bluff, a fictional, small Colorado town.[2] The Second World War is still raging when the town's only doctor George Hansen (Barnard Hughes), is murdered at a local US Army camp, Camp Bremen, holding German prisoners of war.

Harmon J. Cobb (Walter Matthau), the story's protagonist, is a local lawyer given the task of defending the German prisoner accused of killing the doctor, a man who also happened to have been Cobb's good friend.[3]



Year Award Result Category
1990 Emmy Award Won (tied with Caroline?) Outstanding Made for Television Movie
1990 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special
1990 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (Michael Norell and James Norell)
1991 Christopher Award Won (category unknown)
1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominated Best Television Feature or Miniseries
1991 Writers Guild of America Award Won Original Long Form


The film spawned two sequels with Matthau and Morgan playing the same roles: Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992), and Incident in a Small Town (1994).


  1. ^ New York Times review of the original broadcast
  2. ^ "The Incident (TV Movie 1990)". IMDb. 4 March 1990. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Incident at". Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 

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