Train with medical supplies and small U.S. Army unit is heading through Rocky mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U.S. Marshal with his prisoner, John Deakin. However, nothing on that train is what it seems.Written by
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At one point Nathan Pierce refers to Maj. Claremont as Colonel, to which Claremont replies, "Major." In Alistair MacLean's original novel, Claremont's rank is Colonel. See more »
Marshal Pearce claims to be both a Deputy US Marshal and an Indian Agent; both are federal appointments that would have entitled him to access to any US Army facilities in the West. Yet Major Claremont initially refuses him access to the train because he is not on "army business." See more »
Dr. Molineaux is dead, two of the Major's best officers are missing, and we can't get through to Myrtle... Nobody heard anything, nobody saw anything, and nobody knows anything. It can only get better.
Gov. Richard Fairchild:
Well, maybe they were accidents after all. And we just might have seen the end of it.
[5 seconds later, another fatal 'accident' occurs]
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The UK cinema version was cut for an 'A' certificate with the removal of a bloody head shooting and a shot of Claremont slashing Fairchild with a sword. Video releases featured the same cut print though DVD versions are fully uncut. See more »
Charles Bronson is a prisoner, being transported by a sheriff (Ben Johnson) on a train carrying vital medical supplies to an army outpost suffering from a diphtheria outbreak. Soon it becomes apparent that some of the people aboard are not what they seem to be, as more and more of the passengers disappear or are murdered. Tension climbs with the body count as the train winds through the mountains to Breakheart Pass. Bronson's star appeal always eluded me but he was a top box-office draw when he made this adaptation of the Alistair MacLean novel. The 'last act' is a bit weak, but otherwise the movie is pretty good, with beautiful scenery and cinematography, competent acting (especially by Johnson and Crenna), and an interesting story. The action sequences (especially the fight on top of the train) are well staged and the film manages to fit the period (the 1870's) more than many of its Hollywood contemporaries (despite a 1970s aesthetic that is abetted by Jerry Goldsmith's 'commercial' but catchy music). Overall, a good action film starring (IMO) one of Hollywood's least likely leading men.
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