Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to the Alaska Roads website, there were a number of differences between the film and its original first-draft English script. These were: "The film was originally set in Wisconsin, not Alaska; The beginning featured a freight train running past the prison, accompanied by a piece of 'soul music' by convict Jonah (Edward Bunker) who plays the guitar in this script; Manny is in the prison for murdering his wife, who was two-timing him, not bank jobs; Ranken, the prison warden is younger and more out of control, breaking Manny's arm for harming one of the guards; There is no boxing match scene; The train engineer, Al, doesn't die of a heart attack, he is pitched off the engine when it takes a curve too fast; There is a chase sequence where a set of locomotives try to chase the runaway, planning to couple up and stop her; The reason for the railroad company derailing the train and condemning its passenger is not because it will collide with a chemical plant. Instead, a locomotive has derailed in her path in the middle of a town; The spur where the runaway eventually crashes is referred to as "The Elkins Steel Mine", a disused mine at the end of a out-of-use siding". See more »
The dead end branch to which the train is sent to derail is supposed to be unused. However, look ahead shots show fresh tracks in the snow, so there must have been another train shortly before. See more »
[while watching Buck boxing]
The Kid can fight.
That's worth about 2 dead flies
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Runaway Train is about far more than a runaway train. It is about personal freedom and how hard we are willing to struggle to get it. It's about how willing we are to give up our personal freedom to be comfortable. It's about dehumanization inflicted by social institutions. It's also one gripping, suspenseful action-flick. The two main characters, played by Jon Voight as Manny and Eric Roberts as Buck, are escaped prisoners, but they are humanized. Not that we would really like to meet them, but we can see how they work, and we can identify with them. I found it fascinating that the character I really hated was John P. Ryan as Renkin, the warden. This official of society has turned his efforts to recapture the prisoners, particularly Manny, into a personal mission of hatred. The cinematography and imagery in the film are excellent. Whether exterior shots of the train hurtling across the desolate Canadian wilderness, or claustrophobic shots of the characters in the train, we are there and cannot help but be involved. There's not a bad performance in it. John Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay and John P. Ryan are all tremendous, with an intensity that matches the demands of the film. This is one of those few films that really disturbed me, that really caused me to think about my life. It is unforgettable. It is a great work of art.
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