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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
14 April 1993 (USA) See more »
The mission is impossible. The consequences deadly. See more »
A German Scientist has aided an ex Soviet general in constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierce Brosnan ... Michael 'Mike' Graham

Patrick Stewart ... Malcolm Philpott

Alexandra Paul ... Sabrina Carver

Ted Levine ... Alex Tierney

Christopher Lee ... General Konstantin Benin
John Abineri ... Dr. Karl Leitzig

Nic D'Avirro ... Major Gennadi Rodenko

Clarke Peters ... C.W. Whitlock, Ph.D.
Andreas Jung ... Lieutenant Sergei Kolchinsky (as Andreas Sportelli)

Ron Berglas ... Roger Flint
Vili Matula ... Sigi

Lorrie Marlow ... Yolanda Sanchez
Terrence Hardiman ... German Commander - Captain Wolf
Bill Leadbitter ... Rosie

Daniel Stewart ... Tretyak

Scott Garrison ... Brent
Helen Miya ... Camille Yamamura
Zvonimir Zoricic ... Dispatcher
Jay Benedict ... Halloran, G.N.N. Editor
Darko Milas ... Sgt. Kuznetsov
Borut Veselko ... Engineer
Jozef Roposa ... Ernest
Matjaz Turk ... Italian Doctor
Vida Jerman ... German Doctor
Niko Gorsic ... Yard Superintendent
Mate Ujevic ... Italian Foreman
Brane Gruber ... Hostage
Ranko Zidaric ... Pilot
Branko Menicanin ... Video Technician
Gordana Vnuk ... Italian Reporter
Damir Saban ... Hospital Guard
Bill Bailey ... G.N.N. Newscaster
Janna Jackson ... G.N.N. Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David de Keyser ... Dr.Karl Leitzig (voice)
Tone Gogala ... Hostage (uncredited)

Directed by
David Jackson  (as David S. Jackson)
Writing credits
David Jackson (written by) (as David S. Jackson)

Produced by
Peter Snell .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Timothy Eaton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
Peter Musgrave 
Production Design by
Martyn Hebert 
Art Direction by
Nenad Pecur 
Julie Sheppard 
Makeup Department
Ana Bulajic-Crcek .... makeup artist (as Ana Bulajic)
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor
Halid Redzebasic .... makeup artist
Stefanija Roso .... hair stylist
Production Management
Boris Dmitrovic .... production supervisor
Dragan Josipovic .... production manager
Stuart Lyons .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Langley .... first assistant director
Zdravko Madzarevic .... second assistant director
Goran Pavletic .... third assistant director
Zoran Sudar .... first assistant director
Paul Weston .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dominik Baltic .... construction
Rade Basta .... production buyer
John Campbell .... painter
Roger W. Deer .... storyboard artist (as Roger Deer)
Gillie Delap .... production buyer
Emma Harrison .... storyboard artist
Marko Lasic .... production buyer
Mladen Ozbolt .... set dresser
Mile Petrovic .... painter
John Rose .... storyboard artist
Boris Tadej .... assistant art director
Ivica Trpcic .... construction coordinator
Ivan Ujevic .... prop master
Sound Department
Dubravko Bozic .... boom operator
Geoff R. Brown .... sound assistant
Hermione Byrt .... dialogue assistant
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Carter)
Leslie Hodgson .... supervising adr editor (as Les Hodgson)
Mike Hopkins .... foley editor (as Michael Hopkins)
Paul Hulme .... sound mixing engineer
Paul Hulme .... sound recording engineer
Louis Kramer .... sound recordist
Vernon Messenger .... dialogue editor
Peter Musgrave .... supervising sound editor
John Poyner .... sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer: London
Stjepan Suskovic .... boom operator
Kevin Tayler .... sound re-recording mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Draycott .... special effects technician
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects supervisor
Marijan Karoglan .... special effects
Drago Poldrugac .... pyrotechnician
Andrew Smith .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Nigel Nixon .... model technician
Robbie Scott .... model technician
Roy Scott .... model effects supervisor
Jim Machin .... model maker (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stuntman
Domagoj Vukusic .... stunt coordinator
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Aldo Toncic .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunt double: Pierce Brosnan (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
Graham Attwood .... still photographer
Zoran Drakulic .... focus puller
Damir Kelemincic .... still photographer
Brian King .... video engineer
Denis Kingston .... Steadicam operator
Jura Kostic .... camera assistant (as Juraj Kostic)
Dragutin Ljubic .... key grip
Vlado Loncaric .... camera assistant
Goran Mecava .... camera operator
Zoran Mikincic .... focus puller
Ranko Mitic .... focus puller
Ivica Rajkovic .... camera operator
Roman Rogulja .... focus puller
Vladimir Ruzic .... gaffer (as Vlado Ruzic)
Dubravko Topol .... best boy
Kelly Waldman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Sharon Bialy .... casting: USA
Kate Day .... casting: UK
Rebecca Howard .... casting: UK
Debi Manwiller .... casting: USA
Richard Pagano .... casting: USA
Gordana Vnuk .... casting: Zagreb
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ruta Knezevic .... costume supervisor
Tiny Nicholls .... costume supervisor
Franjo Simek .... wardrobe master
Juraj Skuzin .... wardrobe assistant (as Jura Skuzin)
Marija Skuzin .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Brian King .... editor: video
William Parnell .... first assistant editor
Dubravka Premar .... second assistant editor
Adam Snell .... second assistant editor
Goranka Trgovec-Greif .... second assistant editor
William Parnell .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Guy Dagul .... associate music producer: Contemporary Media Music Productions Ltd.
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator: Contemporary Music Media Productions Ltd.
Transportation Department
Mario Scherr .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dominik Baltic .... location liaison
Rosana Besednik .... production secretary
Josip Boljkovac .... production accountant
Vedran Derek .... production assistant
Klara Dokmanovic .... production coordinator
Ranko Ganic .... location manager
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Sally Jones .... continuity
Lesley Keane .... production coordinator: London
Brian King .... video equipment
Roger King .... programming engineer
Jadranka Kolenkovic .... production accountant
Branko Repalust .... armorer
Carl Schmidt .... armorer
Chris Warren .... video coordinator
Zeljko Hren .... caterer (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death Train" - Slovenia (original title)
"Alistair MacLean's Death Train" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violence and some language
100 min | South Korea:91 min
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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Factual errors: 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 locomotiveSee more »
Malcolm Philpott:We're in a state of martial law here. And *I'm* the Marshall.See more »
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Thrilling and exciting action movie with spectacular scenes , nail-biting action and big name cast,, 5 November 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Suspenseful and intriguing movie with all-star-cast and professionally directed . Stirring and interesting thriller with some clichés and stereotypes , containing enjoyable performances from Pierce Brosnan , Patrick Stewart , Alexandra Paul , Christopher Lee and Ted Levine . PA German Scientist has aided a renegade Soviet general (Christopher Lee) constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in a locomotive (it is actually a Slovenian type 642) that was hijacked in Bremen . As a nuclear bomb is stolen and transported from Germany , throughout Switzerland , Slovenia , Yugoslavia to Iraq . The hijacked train is commandeered by a hired hand , a ruthless mercenary (Ted Levine) and his band of hoodlums . The U.N. troubleshooter delegated (Patrick Stewart) attempts to stop the plot aided by a commando team led by Michael ¨Mike¨ Graham (Pierce Brosnan) and Sabrina Carver (Alexandra Paul) . They will race against time to stop an unmanned , out of control freight train carrying terrorists , atomic bomb and explosives . The mission is impossible , the consequences deadly.

This is and amusing and entertaining action movie though has some sloppy executions . This formula intrigue movie belongs to action genre in style of the 70s , being followed in the subsequent decades . The film profits of an acceptable acting by protagonists and overwhelming action scenes . It blends thrills , chills , shootouts , noisy action-packed , international intrigue , and many other things . It is a crossover in which "The Runaway Train" meets ¨Under siege 2¨ , taking parts here and there . This moving picture which is short in realism instead we have far-fetched but moving blow up , crossfire , fighting , it should please most adventure-action buffs . The main and support cast are frankly good , as Pierce Brosnan and Alexandra Paul , both of whom playing two operatives acting for the Secret United Nations Anti-Crime Organization (UNACO) . Secondary cast is plenty with known faces such as Ted Levine , Clarke Peters and Christopher Lee as an ex general who attempts to reborn the Russian Empire .

Based on an Alistair MacLean's novel , a best-selling author , whose stories have been much better rendered in other occasions . Scottish Alistair employed the pseudonym Ian Stuart several times in order to prove that his books were best-sellers due to their content and not solely because his name appeared on the cover . This is one of the several adaptations based on his novels and most of them set in WW2 , such as the successful ¨Where the eagles dare¨ and ¨Guns of Navarone¨ . Furthermore, ¨Ice Station Cebra¨ that is the first of two movies based on an Alistair MacLean novel set in rugged icy and snowy terrain , the second would be ¨Bear Island¨ . ¨Ice Station Zebra¨ is one of two filmed Alistair MacLean adaptations directed by John Sturges , the other was ¨The Satan Bug¨ made and released about three years earlier . Other novels adapted on cinematic spectacle are ¨Nevada Express¨, ¨Force 10 from Navarone¨ , ¨The Golden Rendezvous¨ and ¨River of Death¨ . This ¨Detonator¨ (1993) was followed by a sequel ¨Detonator 2 : Night Watch¨ (1995) by David Jackson , also based on a story by Alistair MacLean in which Pierce Brosnan and Alexandra Paul return as intrepid operatives , they are teamed by their boss -William Devane- when it is discovered that ¨Rembrandt's Night Watch¨ has been replaced by a forgery ; then our valiant duo to Hong Kong , there they meet a shady computer expert/art collector and a suspicious satellite about to be launched by North Korea .

Luminous and atmospheric cinematography by director of photography Timothy Eaton , though a perfect remastering is necessary ; being filmed on location in Slovenia and Zagreb , Croatia . Fitted to action but inappropriate musical score by Trevor Jones , composed by means of synthesizer . This improbable motion picture was decently produced by Peter Snell , being professionally directed by David Jackson , but with no originality . He's a good TV director who subsequently made another similar film titled ¨Atomic train¨ (1999) with Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis . Although the movie has some aspects a little tough to take , this catastrophe film still has its moments . This large-scale and well produced TV movie attempts a spectacular atmosphere with passable results.

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