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Runaway Train (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  6 December 1985 (USA)
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Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

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(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

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(screenplay), (screenplay), 4 more credits »
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Conlan
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Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks)
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Fat Con
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Old Con (as Norton E. 'Hank' Warden)
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Storyline

A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The Ride Of Your Death... See more »


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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape en tren  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,936,012 (USA)
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Trivia

Actor Jon Voight was persuaded to take the lead role of convict Manny by director Andrey Konchalovskiy. Voight had thought that the character was "all wrong" for him until Konchalovsky advised Voight that the best villains in movies are "actors who play against type". Voight ended up winning the Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama award for this film. See more »

Goofs

When the prison guard from the helicopter lands on the train and crashes through the train window and falls off the train he is not wearing his goggles. In the next shot, when he is getting run over by the train wheels, he is wearing the goggles. See more »

Quotes

Sara: Boy, I guess you guys picked the wrong train.
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Connections

Edited into Con Express (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloria in D Major
by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by The USSR Academic Russian Chorus and the Moscow Conservatoire Students Orchestra
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Simply magnificent - and that perfect ending too ...
4 May 2002 | by (Stamford, UK) – See all my reviews

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Has Jon Voight ever been better? No. Or Eric Roberts? No. And have you ever seen a more perfect, perfect ending ...?

No.

Runaway Train's scene is set in a rather average prison sequence. But as soon as the guys break out, the fun begins - Eric Roberts' accent, the incredible feeling of cold, Manny's animal-like grunting (I think he was laughing) - and the pumping, spot-on soundtrack, raising goose-bumps beautifully as the train majestically appears through a thick flurry of snow like a ghost ...

One scene - Jon Voight's ".. and you gonna RUB that little biddy spot ..." monologue - is right out of the top drawer. And the rest is as efficient and nerve-shredding as you could ever want. Action (train crashes!!), blood (fingers!!), surprises, satisfying revenge - and an ending that, I'm sorry but I've got to go on about it a bit, is just simply breathtaking.

How I wanted the movie to end on that final shot, and how wonderful that it did, with the choir and everything. Superb - a gem. Just a gem. And what a surprise - from the marketing, the hype, even the video and DVD sleeve, you couldn't pick this out from 1000 other bottom shelf dwellers in the video shop. Just give yourself a treat and watch it.


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