Detonator (1993)
"Death Train" (original title)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  14 April 1993 (USA)
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A German Scientist has aided an ex Soviet general in constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in the possession of an American mercenary heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Konstantin Benin
John Abineri ...
Dr. Karl Leitzig
Major Gennadi Rodenko
Andreas Jung ...
Lieutenant Sergei Kolchinsky (as Andreas Sportelli)
Roger Flint
Vili Matula ...
Yolanda Sanchez
Terrence Hardiman ...
German Commander - Captain Wolf
Bill Leadbitter ...


A German Scientist has aided an ex Soviet general in constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in the possession of an American mercenary heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train. Malcolm Philpott, a member of UNACO, (United Nation Anti Crime Organisation) must use a team of hand picked agents from various parts of the globe to stop this death train at all costs. Written by James Allan <>

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It's Die Hard at 90 miles an hour! See more »


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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Death Train  »

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John Abineri is dubbed by David de Keyser. See more »


With the locomotive depicted in the movie it will be impossible to pass from the cars into the locomotive without going on the external side of the locomotive because the locomotive is one cabin type. There is also an engines room view when the characters pass from cars into the locomotive witch is also inaccurate because this type of locomotive does not have actually an engines room, all the engine and aggregates are accessible through several doors from the exterior of the locomotive See more »


Malcolm Philpott: Michael, you can't call me "Phil" in this group.
Mike Graham: So what should I call you.
Malcom Philpott: "Sir" would be appropriate.
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Fun Little Movie with a Great Cast
7 August 2004 | by (Portland Oregon) – See all my reviews

Now on DVD as Detonator, this was a USA Network Original Movie as Alistair MacLean's Death Train. There is also a sequel Detonator II, or Night Watch. Oddly, even though this was first shown on the USA Network, it is available Widescreen and has a small bit of language.

The cast shines here with Ted Lavine (Captain Stottlemeyer on Monk) as the mercenary who high-jacks a train with a nuclear device on it. Ted Lavine is great in these small crazy roles. The Living Legend, Christopher Lee, (Saruman in the Lord of the Rings movies) in one of his non-horror roles, is the Russian General who hired Levine. Any movie with Christopher Lee is worth watching, and this one shows off his ability to speak Russian. Also on board are Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard on Star Trek TNG), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), and Pierce Brosnan (007) as the Hero.

The story is one where Cold Warriors freak out over the lack of a cold war and do horrible thing to start it back up again. Tom Clancy has covered this territory, the Bush Administration has been all about re-starting tension from day one, so nothing new, but it is entertaining.

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