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
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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 »
In the sequence where the train runs through a series of tunnels there is a montage of shots of Manny yelling at Ranken out the front window of the second locomotive. In these shots the rear of the lead engine doesn't feature. It should be dominating the view forwards, but is nowhere to be seen. See more »
You do what you have to do, I'll do what I have to do. Whatever happens, happens.
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Rule #1 for breaking out: Make sure you have a ride
Manny and Buck have just broken out of prison and have stowed away on a four-car locomotive in Alaska. Problem is, the engineer died of a heart attack as the train was departing the station and fell off - so now they're all alone on this train, careening through the wilderness over 80 miles per hour, with no way to stop it. Sound like fun to you? It's a rare action movie, one that basically takes place on one location (the train). But it's amazingly suspenseful, too, as railroad officials (who don't know of their stowaways) try to find ways to stop the unstoppable vehicle (shades of "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"). Jon Voight plays Manny, the experienced jailbreaker, grizzled, ornery, obnoxious, but revered by his fellow prisoners. Eric Roberts plays Buck, the young, cocky, dimwitted tough guy who respects Manny and looks to him as the voice of reason. Also thrown into the mix is Sara (Rebecca De Mornay), a railroad worker who was taking a catnap when the runaway train started its journey. How will these three people stop the train? How, indeed! You know, for a movie taking place on a train, there are plenty of harrowing scenes, and there's hardly a dull or listless moment. Problem is, you don't really know who to root for, and there are spots late in the movie where characters change drastically, a sure casualty of a choppy script. But hey, why quibble? If you're looking for an unusual action movie, here it is!
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