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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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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  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£589,478 (UK) (1 May 1998)

Gross:

£2,020,938 (UK) (29 May 1998)
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Red's ('JT Walsh''s) 18-wheeler is visible in the background behind Earl (M.C. Gainey) when he first approaches Jeff at the gas station. See more »

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The pen on the bank manager's desk keeps appearing and disappearing between shots. See more »

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Billy, Gang Member: [to Jeff] If some hotshot fuck like you ain't watching his bottom line, it'd be the FIRST time in history!
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A nifty thriller, worthy of your time.
31 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I spent this Christmas 2004 in Hungary, and watched Breakdown on TV the other night. Yes it was dubbed into Hungarian, but I'd already seen the film in the cinema a few years ago. And you know what? I was still as thrilled watching it in Hungarian as when I saw it in the cinema. Why? Because it tells its story mostly in visuals, this for me is the real power of a good film, using the images to tell the tale.

Kurt Russell is outstanding as the bewildered husband seeking his kidnapped wife, and yes while it reminded me of the superb Dutch film The Vanishing (the original 1988 version not the terrible Hollywood remake), and at times Spielberg's Duel, it still has a real freshness about it, with some great photography and direction.

Well worth a look, possibly Russell's best performance. 9/10


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