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Breakdown (I) (1997)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  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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Storyline

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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diner | jeep | desert | highway | missing wife | See more »

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A cross-country trip. An unexpected breakdown. The trap has been set. See more »


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

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£589,478 (UK) (1 May 1998)

Gross:

£2,020,938 (UK) (29 May 1998)
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Writer/Director Jonathan Mostow got the idea for the film while driving through Las Vegas with his wife. See more »

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The condition of Jeff's pants when he arrives and leaves the bank to meet the kidnapper. See more »

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Amy: [reading a doughnut package] If you win this mail-in contest, you can choose between 90,000 dollars, or 90,000 donuts. What would you do with 90,000 donuts?
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If you loved "Duel" you will love this film!
14 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Real gripping thriller, Russell though tends to be a bit of a wimp to start with then starts getting angry, the storyline is good but some of the scenarios are a little disbelieving and you will tend to keep saying things like "How come he has managed to escape and chase them so easily?" "How come she did that?" etc

The scenery is real nice, fans of road movies will be pleased too with the New Mexico landscapes and long quiet roads.

Worth a watch! We go into real redneck territory here also. I would like to criticise some of the acting though, the delivery of some of the lines tends to be a tad wooden in places (not so much from Russell) but I don't suppose the all non-star cast could expect Oscars.


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