Breakdown (I) (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  2 May 1997 (USA)
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A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.



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Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A félelem országútján  »

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,307,128 (USA) (2 May 1997)


£2,020,938 (UK) (29 May 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Red (J.T. Walsh) says to Jeff (Kurt Russell):"49 minutes, Jeff. Time to get the show on the road." - it is exactly 49 minutes until the end of the movie. See more »


After the bank manager gets up from his desk to start the transfer, there is a wider shot of Jeff at the desk. The computer monitor has no power cord attached. See more »


Earl: What a man needs out here is a CB radio.
Jeff Taylor: Is that right?
Earl: 'Course, if you use a CB, you gotta have a handle. I'm thinking for you, "Shit For Brains."
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Lyric by Jonathan Mostow and Rachel Lipman
Music by Jeffrey Pescetto
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In the middle of a desert

Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and Amy Taylor (Kathleen Quinlan) are a couple who are moving to San Diego.Their car breaks down in a desert.Amy goes along with a truck driver to call some help from the diner.But she never comes back.Jeff drives all around the desert looking for his wife and he asks some people for his wife, but everybody says they haven't seen her.What has happened to Amy?Watch the movie and find out.Breakdown is totally worth checking out.Kurt Russell's performance is amazing and the other actors are great too. Breakdown is a thrilling action thriller, that keeps the suspense on every second of the movie.

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