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End of the Line (1987)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  28 August 1987 (USA)
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When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

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2 worker from a railway company realize that the company want to close the railroad track where they work. They steal an engine and travel thru America to the centre of the company to protest against the closing. While travelling they have a lot of adventurous moments. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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In the name of progress ... one magnificent step backward.

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Fine della linea  »

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Then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton receives a "Thanks" credit, as most of this production was shot on location in his home state. Longtime Clinton family friend and fellow Arkansan Mary Steenburgen co-stars. See more »

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In the scene where they run through the police car on the track, first a boom mic is seen on the bottom on the screen, then a dolly track and boom mic again. See more »

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[first lines]
Will Haney: You fool.
[dragging him off the railroad tracks]
Will Haney: You pretty near bought the farm, you drunken old son of a bitch.
Hobo: The hell I did.
[laughing and drinking]
Will Haney: You lay around on them railroad tracks and you'll have no legs, by golly.
Hobo: Well, at least I would have matched set.
[laughing boisterously]
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God Must Have Blessed America
Written by Allen Toussaint
Used by permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc. and Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Not nearly as goofy as I thought it would be
24 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

A friend at work loaned me this movie because he knows I'm nuts about trains. The plot synopsis, of driving a locomotive from Arkansas to Chicago, seemed too silly and unrealistic, to the point where I wasn't sure I would enjoy the movie. You know, like Karen Black flying a 747.

Fortunately there was a good explanation for how they managed to get the locomotive to Chicago, so I could relax and enjoy some really nice character studies and a fairly decent yarn. The life of folks who live in double-wides was told with a great deal of sympathy and understanding, without being pandering or condescending. Wilford Brimley as the life-long railroad man was particularly well done, as were Barbara Barrie as his wife and Kevin Bacon as a guy with more testosterone than brains.

But any movie that features both Clint Howard and Rita Jenrette is probably not Oscar material, and neither is a movie with a plot hole in the third act big enough to drive a locomotive through. Still, I'm glad I saw the movie. It doesn't bother me at all that I'll never get the time back that I spent watching it.


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