A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.

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A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.

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Heart-stopping action as a train with no brakes hurtles toward certain disaster. Starring Ben Johnson, Ben Murphy and Vera Miles.

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29 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Attentato al Trans American Express  »

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Remember it fondly
8 January 2006 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first aired, 33 years ago. Eek! But still it sticks in my mind. I hated the GRAND HOTEL or, if you prefer, TOWERING INFERNO trope of having various folks in various personal crises (the disaffected long-married couple & al.; now that I think of it, GRAND HOTEL may be the only movie of this type I think ever worked, SHIP OF FOOLS included), but the runaway-train problem itself, and how it's solved, still sticks in my mind.

I know it's probably no better than a time-wasting movie, but the ending is a glorious, happy surprise. And Ben Johnson does his patented underacting to bring a smooth, calm centre to what would otherwise be a hysterical disaster movie.

I was pleased to note (thanks, IMDb!) that the screenwriter for this non-epic also wrote one of my favourite recent movies, THE FORGOTTEN.


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