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Breakheart Pass (1975)

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John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Deakin
Ben Johnson ... Marshal Pearce
Richard Crenna ... Gov. Richard Fairchild
Jill Ireland ... Marica
Charles Durning ... O'Brien
Ed Lauter ... Maj. Claremont
Bill McKinney ... Rev. Peabody
David Huddleston ... Dr. Molyneux
Roy Jenson ... Chris Banion
Rayford Barnes Rayford Barnes ... Sgt. Bellew
Scott Newman Scott Newman ... Rafferty
Robert Tessier ... Levi Calhoun
Joe Kapp ... Henry
Archie Moore ... Carlos
Sally Kirkland ... Jane-Marie
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Storyline

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 Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Breakheart Pass was the end of the line. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nevada Pass See more »

Filming Locations:

Williams, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fight scene between Archie Moore and Bronson atop the moving train in a snowstorm was performed without stunt doubles. See more »

Goofs

When Bronson is in the rail car finding guns and dynamite the cook comes in and grabs a huge hanging ham. When the cook returns to the kitchen car the ham is 1/3 the size. See more »

Quotes

Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Pearce: I reckon we come down to it, Deakin.
John Deakin: You have a choice. You could throw that gun down.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Nathan Pearce: I don't think I can do that.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in Behind the Action: Stuntmen in the Movies (2002) See more »

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Westerns, trains, and Bronson...
13 May 2006 | by Andy4444See all my reviews

...all in one. What more to ask for? Well, the music could've been better, in between action and speech scenes there's a lot of "suspense" music, what I call TV-movie music, that the film could do without. But aside from that, I like this film.

A good story, good cast, great scenery, and something I thirst for in westerns: good iron horse action, with actual American rail equipment of the era (unlike, say, the European stuff in Sergio Leone's westerns). The setting is a railroad in the frosty cold weather of the Sierra mountains, with lots of "power" shots of the locomotive working hard on steep grades. Why, oh why, don't more western films take advantage of this great atmospheric effect? And let's not forget, this is one of Bronson's best films. He's a cool character and there's enough action to satisfy, including a great train roof fistfight. A good mystery in a western setting, and worth a rental.


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