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Tracks (1977)

R | | Drama | April 1977 (USA)
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A soldier (Dennis Hopper) returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle ... See full summary »

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1st Sgt. Jack Falen
Taryn Power ...
Stephanie
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Mark
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Chloe
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The Man
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Gene
Michael Emil ...
Emile
Barbara Flood ...
The Lady
Cayle Chernin ...
Train Passenger
Vance Davis ...
Train Passenger
Nate Esformes ...
Train Steward
James Frawley ...
Train Passenger
Mary George ...
Train Passenger
Jim Gitter ...
Train Passenger
Kevin Hoffman
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A soldier (Dennis Hopper) returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle college student. But their relationship is shattered by his flashbacks to combat. Written by Linda Scheimann <scheiman@niia.net>

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The Vietnam war has just ended. But for Jack Falen, the battle is only beginning.

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The role of 1st Sgt. Jack Falen was originally meant for Jack Nicholson. See more »

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A strange film that ultimately makes no sense
31 January 2003 | by (sydney australia) – See all my reviews

I watched this film based on the jacket synopsis, the same one that is surprising repeated here on IMdb, about a train journey and flashbacks. There are no actual flashbacks in this film, although maybe some of the characters on the train are flashbacks in and of themselves.

That is the basic trouble with this film, it is impossible to work out what is real and what is not, Dennis Hopper's character is so tightly wound he is ultimately completely closed to the viewer. There is no intimacy here, no insight into the characters (any of them) or the point of the film as a whole.

And the ending makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and comes out of nowhere.

That said I was fascinated by the film and did watch till the end, hoping to finally make sense of it all. I then watched it a second time, as I am aware it is easy to misunderstand a complex film in one screening. But Alas even after my third viewing i was left as lost and unconnected to the film as I had been previously.

I think this film offers us a promise, one we are surprised not to have fulfilled. But ultimately it lets us down.


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