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A Life in the Balance

1955 1h 14m Crime Drama List
Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Mexico City is being terrorized by an elusive serial killer. Meanwhile, widower Antonio Gómez (Ricardo Montalban), an underemployed musician, visits his ex-girlfriend to collect on an unpaid loan so he can purchase a guitar for his 10-year-old, Paco (Jose Perez). But, just after Antonio sees his old flame, the murderer sneaks into her place and kills her. Antonio suddenly becomes the prime suspect, so young Paco, who saw the real culprit exit the crime scene, begins tailing the killer himself. Read More Read Less

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Some good cat-and-mouse suspense is weighed down by overdoses of banal "philosophical" dialogue... Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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nick s Montalban has a natural acting style. I quite enjoy his early films. He is well supported by the main cast. The film is a little overwrought but still a good effort. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/13/24 Full Review Audience Member Decent little suspenser economically told. Montalban was never the strongest actor but he's properly earnest. Any shortcomings he may bring to the picture are compensated by the solid work of Anne Bancroft and Lee Marvin. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mexico City is being terrorized by an elusive serial killer. Meanwhile, widower Antonio Gómez (Ricardo Montalban), an underemployed musician, visits his ex-girlfriend to collect on an unpaid loan so he can purchase a guitar for his 10-year-old, Paco (Jose Perez). But, just after Antonio sees his old flame, the murderer sneaks into her place and kills her. Antonio suddenly becomes the prime suspect, so young Paco, who saw the real culprit exit the crime scene, begins tailing the killer himself.
Director
Harry Horner, Rafael Portillo
Producer
Leonard Goldstein
Screenwriter
Robert Presnell Jr., Leo Townsend
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Nov 27, 2012
Runtime
1h 14m