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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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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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Kurt Russell has starred with J.T. Walsh three times before, in Tequila Sunrise (1988), Backdraft (1991) and Executive Decision (1996). See more »

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For the final chase, it goes from dawn to mid-day (note the shadows) much too quickly. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Joy Ride (2001) See more »

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Walking Out The Back Door
(1997)
Written by Jeffrey Pescetto
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto
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Fine thriller with believable plot twists, exciting climax
14 April 2005 | by (Co. Durham, UK) – See all my reviews

BREAKDOWN (1997)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

After their car breaks down in open country, a married couple (Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) are pitched into mortal danger when Quinlan disappears after accepting help from a sinister trucker (J.T. Walsh).

Well-scripted thriller, in which Russell and Quinlan become entangled in a ghoulish extortion plot after falling prey to some less than savory characters (I'll say no more). Believable plot twists lead to a dynamic climax which should have most viewers rivetted to their seats, and which probably accounted for director Jonathan Mostow being hired to direct TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003). Tense, exciting stuff, worth a look.


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