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>
The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) placed some tight restrictions on the making of the film. Firstly, the company's name and logo could not be shown on any piece of equipment. The wording 'A&E Northern' replaced Alaska Road's signage. Secondly, according to the Alaska Roads website, "The film company took extra precautions to insure the safety of the crew. Not one shot was taken without everybody securely rigged or hooked to the moving train. They even hired trained mountaineers to guarantee that everybody who worked on the train was properly strapped". See more »
The cab interiors of the two rear locomotives are of an angled cab roof fitted type but the exterior shots of the two locomotives clearly show the cabs to be of the earlier design curved roof type. See more »
Hold me. I don't want to die alone.
We gonna be all right.
We gonna be fine.
Ha,ha. We all die alone.
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Simply magnificent - and that perfect ending too ...
Has Jon Voight ever been better? No. Or Eric Roberts? No. And have you ever seen a more perfect, perfect ending ...?
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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