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Breakheart Pass -- Charles Bronson in this trailer for the action film set on a train


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Alistair MacLean (novel)
Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1975 (Finland) See more »
Breakheart Pass was the end of the line. See more »
John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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It's generally considered to be the odd one out in the list of MacLean's books, but the film adaptation is reasonably worthwhile. See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Bronson ... Deakin

Ben Johnson ... Marshal Pearce

Richard Crenna ... Gov. Richard Fairchild

Jill Ireland ... Marica

Charles Durning ... O'Brien

Ed Lauter ... Maj. Claremont

Bill McKinney ... Rev. Peabody

David Huddleston ... Dr. Molyneux

Roy Jenson ... Chris Banion
Rayford Barnes ... Sgt. Bellew
Scott Newman ... Rafferty

Robert Tessier ... Levi Calhoun
Joe Kapp ... Henry

Archie Moore ... Carlos

Sally Kirkland ... Jane-Marie

Sally Kemp ... Prostitute

Eddie Little Sky ... White Hand
Keith McConnell ... Gabriel

John Mitchum ... Red Beard
Read Morgan ... Capt. Oakland

Robert Rothwell ... Lt. Newell
Casey Tibbs ... Jackson
Doug Atkins ... Jebbo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eldon Burke ... Ferguson (uncredited)
Irv Faling ... Col. Scoville (uncredited)

Paul Frees ... Levi Calhoun (voice) (uncredited)
William Klein ... Seamon Devlin (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Gries 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alistair MacLean  novel
Alistair MacLean  screenplay

Produced by
Jerry Gershwin .... producer
Elliott Kastner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Lou Di Giaimo)
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen  (as Johannes Larsen)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... assistant key makeup artist (as Joseph Di Bella)
Alma Johnson .... hair stylist
Evelyn Preece .... hair stylist
Phil Rhodes .... key makeup artist (as Phillip Rhodes)
Walter Schenk .... assistant key makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... key hair stylist
Josephine Turner .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Guest .... production manager (as R. Don Guest)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... assistant director (as Tony Brand)
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Peter Gries .... second assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... assistant director (as Lorin Salob)
Ronald L. Schwary .... first assistant director
Ron Wright .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nigel A. Boucher .... assistant set decorator (as Nigel Boucher)
R. Gilbert Clayton .... set designer (as Reed Gilbert Clayton)
David Coleman .... assistant propman (as Dave Colean)
Herbert S. De Verill .... set designer
Sam Gordon .... property master
Victor Clay Johnson .... construction foreman
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (as Bill Maldonado)
Stephen Perry .... assistant propman (as Steve Perry)
Kim Swados .... assistant art director
Dean Wilson .... assistant propman
M. Garcia .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Sam Gemette .... assistant sound effects editor (as Samual Gemette)
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor (as David Horton)
Don Merritt .... boom operator
Donald O. Mitchell .... dubbing mixer (as Donald Mitchell)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects supervisor (as Frank Warner)
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... special effects
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Logan Frazee .... special effects (as Logan Frazee Jr.)
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... background projection
Don Hansard .... process photography (as Don Hansard Jr.)
William Suhr .... process photography
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Joe Canutt .... stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator
Howard Curtis .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Robert Tessier .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Adams .... grip best boy
James Ball .... grip
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (as Ken Bell)
Rick Borchardt .... grip
Danny Buck .... lamp operator (as Daniel Buck)
Andrew Carroll .... lamp operator
Ray De La Motte .... assistant camera: second unit
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Randy Glass .... gaffer best boy (as Randolph Glass)
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Richard Hart .... key gaffer
J. Michael Marlett .... lamp operator
Phillip Marlett .... lamp operator
Allan Mylander .... grip
Guy Polzel .... grip (as Guy Polzell)
George Ressler .... grip (as George Resler)
Fred Richter .... dolly grip
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
Lee Smith .... generator operator
B. Sordel .... grip (as Bob Sordell)
Ronald M. Vargas Sr. .... camera operator (as Ron Vargas)
Michael D. Weldon .... second assistant camera (as Michael Weldon)
Byron White .... lamp operator
Harry Young .... first assistant camera
Robert D. McBride .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... assistant costumer (as Darryl Athons)
Thomas Costich .... assistant costumer
Tom Dawson .... key costumer (as Thomas Dawson)
Paula Lynn Kaatz .... costumer: ladies
Patricia Norris .... assistant costumer (as Pat Norris)
Editorial Department
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant editor (as George Villaseñor)
Location Management
Selma Brown .... location auditor
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editing supervisor (as Leonard Engel)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Kenneth J. Hall)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Marshall .... assistant transportation (as Thomas Marshall)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation supervisor (as Jerry Molen)
Other crew
Ernest Anderson .... publicist (as Ernie Anderson)
Dan Delgado .... craft service (as Daniel Delgado)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (as James Gaven)
Joanie Laine .... production coordinator
Susan B. Landau .... production assistant (as Susan Landau)
Lionel Lober .... representative: United Artists
Stanley Mark .... production auditor
Dave Miller .... first aid (as David Miller)
Dori Mires .... paymaster
Alleen N. Nollmann .... secretary to producer (as Alleen Nollmann)
Phill Norman .... title designer
Michael Preece .... script supervisor (as Mike Preece)
Judi Rosner .... secretary to director (as Judy L. Rosner)
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler boss
Scott Hamilton .... junior publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Showdown at Breakheart Pass" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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95 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1989) | Finland:K-12 (cut) (1975) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:PG (certificate #24411) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Railway scenes were shot on the Camas Prairie Railroad around Lewiston, Idaho.See more »
Factual errors: When Marica notices that the rear cars have detached, she sees a modern AAR coupler (itself an anachronism), with the knuckle opened normally. It is not possible to open a coupler when the train is pulling upgrade. A later shot shows the knuckle broken off. This cannot be done intentionally, and if it were unintentional, the air brake connections would not have been closed, so the brakes would immediately set.See more »
Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Pearce:Well, let's get her done.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Call Me Angel, Sir (1976)See more »


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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

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.

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