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Runaway! (1973)

Not Rated | | Thriller | TV Movie 29 September 1973
A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.


David Lowell Rich


Gerald Di Pego




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Holly Gibson
Ben Murphy ... Les Reever
Ed Nelson ... Nick Staffo
Darleen Carr ... Carol Lerner
Lee Montgomery ... Mark Shedd (as Lee H. Montgomery)
Martin Milner ... John Shedd
Vera Miles ... Ellen Staffo
Ray Danton ... Prof. Jack Dunn
Frank Marth ... Dispatcher
Bing Russell ... Fireman
John McLiam ... Conductor
Lou Frizzell ... Brakeman
Frank Maxwell ... Chief Dispatcher
Kip Niven ... College Man
Laurette Spang ... Coed


A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.

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Heart-stopping action as a train with no brakes hurtles toward certain disaster. Starring Ben Johnson, Ben Murphy and Vera Miles.




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Fun for killing 73 min, but one too many flaws
26 February 2019 | by maxvox-96919See all my reviews

I don't mind the technical errors that would make the train this type of runaway impossible. I don't think people should get too hung up about that. A runaway train is always an emotional, drama-building subject for a film so I'm fine with it if they stretch reality.

But after coming down the mountain, the last stretch of the train's out-of-control journey is 20 minutes of careening down level track. Nothing just "keeps going" on level ground. It would have to lose a lot of speed, even if absolutely nothing were done to try to stop it. They should have at least made some attempt to explain this.

With few exceptions, the cast is dominated by pretty low-skilled B-grade actors and the over-acting and over-emoting get hard to take after a while. The engineer rides through the whole film like a kindly old grandpa sipping lemonade on the porch, while 200 people behind him in his train are about to die, which is just plain ridiculous.

It's only a little over an hour, and if you don't mind mixing a few laughs at the silliness of it with the fun of a train and some "railroady" scenery, you'll have fun watching this.

But don't expect much drama or character development. It's not there.

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29 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Attentato al Trans American Express See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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