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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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Danny Trejo was visiting a friend who was working as a production assistant on the set when he was offered a job as an extra. Edward Bunker recognized Trejo because they served time in San Quentin State Prison together. Bunker helped Trejo get hired as Eric Roberts' boxing coach. Director Andrey Konchalovskiy was so impressed with Trejo that he gave him a small role. See more »
Some have pointed out that the dead man's switch, a device intended for this exact situation, should have put on the brakes and stopped the train. Indeed, it should have - however, it is explained in the film that the dead-man switch malfunctioned. Furthermore it has been pointed out that in a real situation the emergency brake application by the engineer would have switched the throttle to idle bringing the train to a stop. Although true, this shouldn't be considered a goof as factual accuracy would not allow further evolving of events. See more »
15 years later - one of the greatest movie you've never heard of
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
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
movie due to the sloppy studio backing and licensing turmoil born out of
collapse of the former Golon-Globus production studio. Surprise!
Golon-Globus actually made at least one excellent movie outside of the
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
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
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
you won't be disappointed.
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