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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.
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Rails & Ties -- Interview: Kevin Bacon "On The Story"
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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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A decent melodrama See more (23 total) »


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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)

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
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
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 .... driver
Alana Stelling .... transportation captain
Larry Stelling .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Scott M. Anderson .... asst. prop master
Darrin Cummings .... assistant location manager
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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A decent melodrama, 8 February 2009
Author: LeroyBrown-2 from Northern California

I know very little of this movie until I saw it. All I know is that it's about a railroad engineer and his wife who's suffering from cancer. There's another element in the movie that I didn't know about until I saw the movie and it's about a young boy who has a troubled mother. Somehow the lives of the couple and the young boy would intersect literally and tragically. All this sounds like a melodrama from the 1930s. And in many ways it is, but it also has a brutal frankness in it that the 1930s movies didn't have.

The movie stars Kevin Bacon as the train engineer and his wife played by Marcia Gay Harden, we could see that there's a riff in their marriage. He would much rather work than spend time with his wife even though his boss is telling him he could have some time off. She doesn't understand why he's being so distant. It's obvious he's burying himself in work as she faces a dire future. This part of the movie is very frank as we see the despondency both have.

The other element in the movie is the boy played by Miles Heizer. He has a troubled mother, it's obvious he has become the adult in the relationship. He enters the engineer's world angrily and he blamed the engineer for the death of his mother. The engineer's wife would take pity on him and soon he finds himself staying with them. Somehow the tragedy that took the boy's mother would bring something that the boy has never had and the couple thought they lost.

It's really a simple melodrama but it has a frankness in it that they would never consider in the 1930s. One unforgettable scene is when she looked at herself in the mirror and see the scar cancer has left and breaks down, while he was on the other side of the door not knowing what to do. During one argument he blurts out angrily "Because You had cancer", it sounds as if he were angry at her. Obviously he's angry at the disease for what it has taken away from him, the possibility of children and now his wife. Also when the boy was crying out blaming himself for the death of those he love. It's very honest and frank how children sometime blame themselves for things they do not understand.

Credit and blame goes to both the writer Mickey Levy and director Allison Eastwood created a group of characters who are very complex and are facing difficult situations but then it spirals into sentimentality. The story of the engineer and his wife by itself is powerful then add the story of the boy trying to go on with his life and understand what's going on would make the movie even more powerful but when the two story is combined it became too sentimental.

Miss Eastwood's directing style is very similar to that of her father, tell the story in a straightforward way and get out of the way of the actors, The acting is superb, it's obvious that both Mr. Bacon and Miss Harden are very good actors but young Mr. Heizer proves too that he has talent. He's definitely a young talent to keep an eye on.

All in all I think it's a good modern melodrama but with the frankness of modern times but then it spiraled into an almost shameless, unabashed treacle.

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