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Detonator (1993)

Death Train (original title)
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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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 <alland@globalnet.co.uk>

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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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14 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Alistair MacLean's Death Train  »

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Trivia

The locomotive that was hijacked in Bremen is actually a Slovenian type 642. See more »

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At 1:06:00 into the film, Tierney is talking to Philpot on a Motorola 8000 series cellular phone. The battery pack has not been fully inserted into the back of the phone, which would therefore not be capable of making or receiving any calls. See more »

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Malcolm Philpott: Let's not let failure go to our heads.
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Followed by Detonator II: Night Watch (1995) See more »

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Disappointing
8 January 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

When I found `Detonator' at the video store and saw that it had Patrick Stewart and Pierce Brosnan in the staring roles, I got my hopes up. I thought, with Captain Pacard and James Bond in the movie, it should be pretty good. Then I saw that Alexandra Paul and Christopher Lee were also in the movie and thought with a cast like that, how could the film help but be good. Well, I found out.

The premise of the movie is not bad; a fanatical Russian military man (Christopher Lee) builds a nuclear bomb and tries to detonate it, on a train bound for Iran, to trigger a military resurrection of the former Soviet Union. Of course, an elite team of United Nations commandos (Patrick Stewart, Pierce Brosnan and Alexandra Paul) tries to stop the train before ultimate fireworks show takes place. Maybe not the most original storyline for an action/adventure movie, but it had some potential.

Unfortunately, not even this cast could make up for the horrible script `Detonator' offers. This is not the first script David Jackson has written, but it sure seems like it. In fact, the dialog is so dry and uninspired, that the chemistry one would expect between actors of this caliber is absolutely non-existent; which makes this movie boring, and a real disappointment.


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