MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 662 this week

Runaway Train (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  6 December 1985 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 19,231 users  
Reviews: 139 user | 46 critic

Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director:

(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 4 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 30 Apr 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 27 Oct 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Runaway Train" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Runaway Train (1985)

Runaway Train (1985) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Runaway Train.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Shy People (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Sultan Islamov, Bryan Adams
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Keith Carradine
Coming Home (1978)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
Gloss (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A pretty, young girl from a coal-mining town comes to Moscow with dreams of becoming a supermodel in this satirical look at the fashion industry.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Irina Rozanova, Aleksandr Domogarov
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Tom Hulce, Lolita Davidovich, Bob Hoskins
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An mentally disabled man get help from a sociopathic woman when tries to reunite with his dying father, who years earlier disowned him.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: James Belushi, Jim Mapp, John Waters
Siberiade (1979)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov
Ray (2016)
Drama

Follows three people whose paths cross during a terrible time of war: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a high-ranking German SS officer.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Yuliya Vysotskaya
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A comedy about a successful entrepreneur and her jealous neighbors.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Inna Churikova, Viktor Mikhaylov, Aleksandr Surin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Stacey Pickren ...
Walter Wyatt ...
Conlan
...
Jonah
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks)
Dan Wray ...
Fat Con
Michael Lee Gogin ...
Short Con
John Bloom ...
Tall Con
...
Old Con (as Norton E. 'Hank' Warden)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Once it starts, nothing can stop it! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape en tren  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,936,012 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Obie Weeks was an employee of the Alaska Railroad at the time of filming. He got a part in the film because he was also an aspiring actor and already a member of Actors' Equity. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, the train is routed onto an unused siding (and in fact crashes through a boarded-up tunnel). But once on the other side, the track ahead of the train is clearly seen to be free of snow as another train has recently passed over it. The amount of snow observed in the previous scenes should have completely covered the tracks. See more »

Quotes

Jonah: [while watching Buck boxing] The Kid can fight.
Manny: That's worth about 2 dead flies
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
15 years later - one of the greatest movie you've never heard of
12 October 1999 | by (West Linn, OR) – See all my reviews

I remember being wowed by "Runaway Train" back in 1985 when it first came out. Seeing it again on DVD in 1999 reminded me of just how excellent a movie this really was. I recommend "Runaway Train" to anyone who wants a large portion of philosophical meat and meaning mixed in with gripping action and a solid story. In the 15 years since "Runaway Train" was first released, I can't think of a movie other than "The Matrix" that has combined so much action, tension, and a strong philosophy so successfully.

Chances are you've never heard of "Runaway Train." Amazing too. The movie was even based on a Akira Kurosawa screenplay and it shows. Jon Voight and Eric Roberts were at the top of their craft. In fact, both received well deserved Oscar nominations for very powerful performances.

It makes me sad to think that so few have had a chance to actually see this movie due to the sloppy studio backing and licensing turmoil born out of the collapse of the former Golon-Globus production studio. Surprise! Golon-Globus actually made at least one excellent movie outside of the their usual roster of shlock. But their poor reputation might have become so tarnished by that time that audiences didn't get a chance to know what they were missing. As a result, the movie rarely if ever gets airplay or any notice. Since the DVD was one of the very first DVD's to be released when the universe of DVD owners was measured in thousands not millions, it has once again fallen below the radar. Does a tree make a noise if it falls in a forest when there is no one around to hear it happen?

Maybe that was how "Runaway Train" became all but forgotten. If the title were to be reissued today in an SE package, I believe that a whole new generation of DVD viewers would be delighted to have this title in their collection. In the meantime it is worth seeking out for rental or purchase, you won't be disappointed.


28 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ATROCIUS Movie pcbluepunk
Amazed how people can find this movie excellent mrh83
Would be much better without Eric Roberts madjohnw
Runaway Train and United 93 tokyostreetkiller
Deserves a Criterion release dvc5159
Who's tougher? brucedgo
Discuss Runaway Train (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?