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Runaway Train (1985)

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

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Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks)
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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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17 January 1986 (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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Prior to the train crashing through the wall, we see a head-on view from the locomotive. Looking over to the right, you'll see a group of people (possibly the crew and cameraman) amassed by the wall, waiting to see this destructive stunt occur. See more »

Quotes

Manny: [after listening to Buck's dream] That's bullshit. You're not gonna do nothin' like that. I'll tell you what you gonna do. You gonna get a job. That's what you gonna do. You're gonna get a little job. Some job a convict can get, like scraping off trays in a cafeteria. Or cleaning out toilets. And you're gonna hold onto that job like gold. Because it is gold. Let me tell you, Jack, that is gold. You listenin' to me? And when that man walks in at the end of the day. And he comes to see how you ...
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Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

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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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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.


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