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


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

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2 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A félelem országútján  »

Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$50,129,186 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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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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When Jeff is in the F-150 with the bad dude, the right side mirror is knocked off, but then it can be seen from the shot from inside the car. See more »

Quotes

Red: You're a tough man to get a hold of, Jeffery.
Jeff: What do you want?
Red: It's not what I want, it's what you want, and how bad you want it. 'Cause it's gonna cost you. Can't show it to you right now, but it's about 5'5", 115 pounds, three or four of that just pure tit. Nice curly brown hair, upstairs and down. Interested?
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References Duel (1971) See more »

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This Game Of Love
(1997)
Lyric by Jonathan Mostow and Rachel Lipman
Music by Jeffrey Pescetto
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto
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that Red is a bad Mother Trucker
21 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell is excellent in this taunt, thrilling, non-stop action film. Russell plays Jeff, a husband who has to get his wife back after she's abducted by a trucker after their jeep breaks down and she accepts a ride from him. Every actor is almost pitch perfect for the parts they play and the movie was very enjoyable. J.T. Walsh is suitably menacing as Red,in my mind, but this IS Kurt's movie through and through. Mr. Russell has to be one of my favorite actors working today. And this film has to be one of the best 'Chase for family member' type movie in the last decade..HIGHLY recommended

My Grade: A

Where I saw it: HBO plus


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