6.8/10
4,309
47 user 19 critic

Breakheart Pass (1975)

Trailer
2:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chato's Land (1972)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After Pardon Chato, a mestizo, kills a US marshal in self-defense, a posse pursues him, but as the white volunteers advance deep in Indian territory they become more prey than hunters, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickcock teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson
Breakout (1975)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A bush pilot is hired for $50,000 to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland
St. Ives (1976)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Abner Procane, top L.A. burglar, finds that somebody stole his plans for next ambitious heist. He hires Raymond St. Ives, crime books writer, to negotiate the return of those documents.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jacqueline Bisset, John Houseman
The Mechanic (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Arizona cop is sent to Switzerland to bring in the girlfriend of a dangerous mobster so she can testify against him. The mobster sends someone too - assassins.

Directors: Stuart Rosenberg, John Huston
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Rod Steiger
Death Hunt (1981)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

Director: Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens
Chino (1973)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Chino Valdez is a loner horse breeder living in the old west. Partly a loner by choice, and partly because, being a 'half-breed', he finds himself unwelcome almost everywhere he goes. One ... See full summary »

Directors: John Sturges, Duilio Coletti
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam veterans to murder all his enemies in a rerun of the "Sicilian Vespers" when ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Jack Colvin
Borderline (1980)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

On the U.S.-Mexican border, border cop Jeb Maynard is hunting for a human smuggler responsible for Jeb partner's murder.

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A professional killer comes out ot retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rayford Barnes ...
Scott Newman ...
Rafferty
...
Levi Calhoun
Joe Kapp ...
Henry
Archie Moore ...
Carlos
...
Jane-Marie
Edit

Storyline

Train with medical supplies and small U.S. Army unit is heading through Rocky mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U.S. Marshal with his prisoner, John Deakin. However, nothing on that train is what it seems. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Death rode the rails to Breakheart Pass See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Nevada Pass  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(DeLuxe)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Archie Moore was 58 years old when he wrestled atop the train with Charles Bronson, 53 at the time. See more »

Goofs

Marshal Pearce claims to be both a Deputy US Marshal and an Indian Agent; both are federal appointments that would have entitled him to access to any US Army facilities in the West. Yet Major Claremont initially refuses him access to the train because he is not on "army business." See more »

Quotes

Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Pearce: I reckon we come down to it, Deakin.
John Deakin: You have a choice. You could throw that gun down.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Pearce: I don't think I can do that.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It's generally considered to be the odd one out in the list of MacLean's books, but the film adaptation is reasonably worthwhile.
5 February 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Alistair MacLean spent most of his novelist days writing wartime suspensers or twisting, turning thrillers. The one book that he wrote which doesn't fit either of those descriptions is Breakheart Pass, a western set aboard a train. This film version of it is surprisingly enjoyable, and features the added bonus of an expressive, colourful characterisation by Charles Bronson.

The train is travelling to a fort in the Wild West with medical supplies to cure an outbreak of a nasty disease. However, some of the soldiers aboard the train are mysteriously disappearing, and anyone who's ever seen a film like this will figure out straight away that there's a murderer on board. Furthermore, the train must make its journey across hostile Red Indian terrain, where a fearsome ambush or a sabotaged stretch of track is only a spear throw away.

Bronson plays a mysterious outlaw who is held prisoner on the train, though there are plenty of clues that he may not be exactly who he says he is. Other well delineated characters are played by Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Archie Moore (yes, the boxer!), and Ed Lauter. One truly amazing sequence involves a rooftop scuffle between Bronson and Moore.... indeed most people who have ever seen the film remember it for that sequence more than any other. All things considered, Breakheart Pass is one of the better adaptations of a MacLean novel, admittedly not quite in the same league as Fear is the Key or Where Eagles Dare, but definitely worth seeking out, especially on DVD.


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Locomotive used keith-hewle
nice but pointless somepi
Robert Tessier dubbed by Paul Frees? mva1958
first killing of the 2 soldiers tobimarti20
After Bronson freed himself kayzed
Falling from the bridge kanders74
Discuss Breakheart Pass (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?