A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Etienne Chicot ...
Mac McDonald ...
Embassy Official
Perlis Vaisieta ...
Manager Hotel Pushkin
Mindaugas Papinigis ...
Young Detective
Mindaugas Capas ...
Military Officer
Sonata Visockaite ...
Female Train Attendant #1
Larisa Kalpokaite ...
Female Train Attendant #2
Valentinas Krulikovskis ...
Young Waiter


Americans abroad. Roy and Jessie finished a volunteer stint in China. He loves trains, so they go home via the Trans-Siberia Express. There are strains in the relationship, including her past. They meet Carlos, a Spaniard, traveling with Abby, a young American. Carlos keeps close to Jessie, and when Roy is left behind and waits a day for the next train so he can catch up, Jessie and Carlos take a trip into the dead of winter to photograph a ruined church. Carlos may be running drugs, so, later, when Roy catches up and introduces Jessie to his new pal, an English speaking Russian narcotics detective, he's the last person Jessie wants to see. Will the Siberian desolation be their undoing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You can't escape your lies. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, including torture and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Expresso Transiberiano  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,615 (USA) (18 July 2008)


$2,203,641 (USA) (7 November 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was partly inspired from director Brad Anderson's youth when he did in fact ride the Transsiberian Express. See more »


They show a wolf at the church scene. Carlos would have been eaten by wolves after he was left dead in the woods. See more »


passenger: [about the Gulag] If you want proof about America, you take a book. You want proof about Russia, take shovel. They're all buried here. Scientists, priests, poets. There is no God, and there is no Siberia.
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Don't think too much
27 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you believe Americans deserve a happy ending because even if they're stupid, they're true believers, and they're on the right side of moral values-- then you can stomach the twists and turns of the plot. After all, it started off with potential. It's got honest-to-goodness Russian scenery on a real Russian train. Yes, there probably is international narcobusiness on the Transsiberian, corrupt police, rude conductors. But it's all a bit over the top.

There are very good actors. Ben Kingsley is above reproach. Woody Harrelson is right on target as an oafish Iowan abroad. But why would his wife spill out her story to a stranger on a train if it were not that the screenplay needed enough back-story for an implausible relationship? And isn't it suspicious that the Spanish hunk is the evil tempter, ergo the only character responsible for his misdeeds? And violent torture is the specialty of the Russian mob, so even when they realize they're dealing with mere dupes, they must literally extract their pound of flesh?

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