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
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At one point in the film, Nathan Pierce refers to Major Claremont as Colonel, to which Claremont replies "Major." In Alistair MacLean's original novel, Claremont's rank is Colonel. See more »
When Gov. Richard Fairchild gets on the Indian pony during the train battle, he starts to put his foot in the stirrup of the saddle that is hidden beneath the Indian blanket just before the camera cuts away. See more »
Appealing Western with a gazillion plot holes & One Amazing Fight Sequence
entertaining but ludicrous western mystery, starring charles bronson at the height of his career, with beautiful outdoor scenery, a familiar cast and an uneven but at times memorable score from jerry goldsmith.
bronson plays an alleged arsonist and murderer who is being escorted to trial by a state marshall, on board a train that's also on a rescue mission to an army camp beset by disease. nothing is what it seems, and there are plot twists galore, several of which make no sense. most ridiculous development sees murder suspect bronson allowed to roam the train at will, as he figures everything out.
but the taciturn star has his roughneck charms, the railway sequences through the wintry, mountainous terrain are lovely, and there's an incredible, lengthy fight atop the rolling train that is eyepoppingly good -- no special effects here -- and escalates to a jaw dropping climax as the train rolls over a high wooden bridge.
nothing special, but an entertaining diversion.
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