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Rails & Ties -- When a suicidal mother is killed by parking her car in front of a train, the train's engineer and his wife form an unlikely but much-needed bond with the mother's young son.
Rails & Ties -- A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.
Rails & Ties -- Clip: How'd you find me?
Rails & Ties -- Interview: Kevin Bacon "On The Story"
Rails & Ties -- Clip: I forgive you


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Writer (WGA):
Micky Levy (written by)
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Release Date:
18 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »
When life comes apart, love puts it back together.
A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kevin Bacon ... Tom Stark

Marcia Gay Harden ... Megan Stark

Miles Heizer ... Davey Danner

Marin Hinkle ... Renee

Eugene Byrd ... Otis Higgs

Bonnie Root ... Laura Danner

Steve Eastin ... N.B. Garcia

Laura Cerón ... Susan Garcia

Margo Martindale ... Judy Neasy

Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Brown

Steven M. Porter ... Howie Pugh

Jim Cody Williams ... Vince the Engineer

Kerri Randles ... Rosanna

Stephen Peace ... Bartender

Robert Harvey ... Administrator #1

Michael Otis ... Administrator #2

Ernest Harden Jr. ... Official #1
Mike McCaul ... Official #2

Maya Goldsmith ... Sheila

Michael Raynor ... Detective Christian Fox

Micky Levy ... Detective Ann Crane

John Nielsen ... Dr. Offenberger

Dennis Napolitano ... Piano Teacher
Mary Beth McDade ... News Reporter

Brian Bogulski ... Workman #1

Jade Marx-Berti ... Nurse #1 (as Jade Marx)
Nathan Kornelis ... Father
Dalton Stumbo ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anise Fuller ... Lee (uncredited)
Tommy Gerrits ... Boy in Hospital (uncredited)

Jack Kaeding ... 9 year old Tom (uncredited)

Frederick Keeve ... Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Alison Eastwood 
Writing credits
Micky Levy (written by)

Produced by
Robert Lorenz .... producer
Tim Moore .... co-producer
Peer J. Oppenheimer .... producer
Barrett Stuart .... producer
Original Music by
Kyle Eastwood 
Michael Stevens 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gary Roach 
Casting by
Matt Huffman 
Production Design by
James J. Murakami 
Set Decoration by
Ronald R. Reiss 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
Makeup Department
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Jay Wejebe .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Bill Daly .... post-production executive
Tim Moore .... production manager
Kevin L. James .... post executive assistant (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Carroll .... second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master
Paul Detlefson .... set dresser
Bruce L. Luizzi .... leadman
Linda Luizzi .... set decoration buyer
William S. Maxwell III .... set dresser
Dan Morski .... assistant art director
Michael Muscarella .... construction cordinator
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
Greg Sanger .... set dresser
Michael Sexton .... property master
Robert Silcock .... gang boss
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Gail Carroll-Coe .... sound utility
William Cawley .... first assistant sound editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... sound
Kevin Murray .... assistant sound editor
Rupert Nadeau .... adr assistant editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Riley .... special effects supervisor
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor
Hans Raith .... stunt performer
Misty Rosas .... stunt double
Nancy Thurston .... stunt performer
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Buzzy Burwell .... lighting technician
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Trevor Carroll-Coe .... film loader
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ross Dunkerley .... gaffer
Michael Kowalczyk .... camera production assistant: "d" camera
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Joseph M. Lyons .... set lighting technician
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera
Mike Moad .... key dolly grip
Tony Rivetti Jr. .... still photographer
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... additional first assistant camera
Andrew Taylor .... best boy grip
Mike Visencio .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Katie Curtright .... casting assistant
Tony Hobbs .... extras casting
Jeni Thornell .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Cravedi .... set costumer
Cheryl Scarano .... costume supervisor
Jack Taggart .... head ager/dyer
Erika Walthall .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Blu Murray .... first assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Location Management
Darrin Cummings .... assistant location manager
Transportation Department
Nicholas Acquaviva .... driver
Dawn Ballou .... driver
L. Chip Crosby Jr. .... driver
Chris Deguzman .... generator operator/driver
Doug Dovichi .... driver
William Hogue .... driver
Mike Ortiz .... driver
Tina Peterson .... driver
Kirk Roberts .... transportation
Alana Stelling .... transportation captain
Larry Stelling .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Scott M. Anderson .... asst. prop master
Thomas W. Dorst Jr. .... assistant to producer
Jessica Franks .... key set assistant
Matthew J. Gannon .... production assistant
Danielle Hartzell .... assistant production coordinator
Nancy G. James .... key craft service
Tory Littman .... craft service
Linda Luizzi .... set decoration buyer
Hailey Murray .... production staff
Susie Pilzninski .... accounting clerk
Jamie Robinson .... production secretary
Taffy Schweickhardt .... first assistant accountant
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
Andy Sowerwine .... production assistant
Linda Stelling .... set medic
Stephanie Whallon .... second assistant accountant
Will Ziegenhorn .... production assistant

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, an accident scene, brief nudity and momentary strong language
101 min | Argentina:109 min
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Alison Eastwood (Clint Eastwood's daughter)'s directorial debut.See more »
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Touching and Moving, 19 June 2008
Author: Robin Cook from USA

I rented this on DVD and am wondering why they took out the Additional Scenes in the movie that are on the Special Features. I was hoping there would be some interviews on the DVD, but alas, had to settle for just the Additional Scenes.

This movie has typical Lifetime TV earmarks, but with a lot more to give. I was especially impressed with Miles Heizer in his role of the young boy. It is a good story that gives both character insight angles of the victim and the accidental killer. I applaud the casting done here. Kevin Bacon's role was perhaps the best choice to play this particularly difficult part, and he conveyed/portrayed it very well. I can't think of any other actor who could have pulled it off.

The emotional dramas did cause me to pull out some hankies, but they did not dwell on this content in an overdone fashion. I am weary of movies that linger on with many scenes of someone dying in bed of cancer (which was not done at all in a great movie "Who Will Love My Children"), but they kept the IV drip bit scenes to a tolerable minimum. The tears were not associated so much to the cancer bit, but was with how the story was put together ... very, very well done.

This young 14-year-old lad, Miles Heizer, is a gem and I really hope to see more of him performing in more films. This movie I recommend when you're in an emotional mood of viewing pleasure. It's definitely worth the rental fee.

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