The Incident

The Incident

Joseph Sargent (1990)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Walter Matthau casts aside his usual comic persona to remind us of his oft-forgotten straight acting skills in this made-for-TV courtroom drama. We are so used to Matthau as the rubber-faced grumpy comedian that his stirring portrayal of a small-town lawyer defending a German PoW accused of murder is almost shocking in its adroitness and disciplined precision. The finely tuned script by Michael and James Norell is a big help, as is a fine supporting cast that includes Robert Carradine and Peter Firth.


A small-town American lawyer is coerced into defending a Nazi PoW from a nearby prison camp, who faces trial for the murder of a local doctor, a close friend of the attorney. Despite misgivings that his personal feelings and his son's service in Europe will cloud his judgement, he goes on to uncover brutality and corruption. Second World War courtroom drama, with Walter Matthau, Peter Firth and Susan Blakely.

Cast & Crew

Harman Cobb Walter Matthau
Billie Susan Blakely
Prosecutor Domsczek Robert Carradine
Wilhelm Geiger Peter Firth
"Doc" Hansen Barnard Hughes
Judge Bell Harry Morgan
Director Joseph Sargent
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD