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Runaway Train (1985)

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Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Djordje Milicevic (screenplay), Paul Zindel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Manny
Eric Roberts ... Buck
Rebecca De Mornay ... Sara
Kyle T. Heffner ... Frank Barstow
John P. Ryan ... Ranken
T.K. Carter ... Dave Prince
Kenneth McMillan ... Eddie MacDonald
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Ruby
Walter Wyatt Walter Wyatt ... Conlan
Edward Bunker ... Jonah
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks)
Dan Wray Dan Wray ... Fat Con
Michael Lee Gogin Michael Lee Gogin ... Short Con
John Bloom ... Tall Con
Hank Worden ... Old Con (as Norton E. 'Hank' Warden)
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Storyline

A hardened convict and a younger prisoner escape from a brutal prison in the middle of winter only to find themselves on an out-of-control train with a female railway worker while being pursued by the vengeful head of security. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

Desperate, And Determined To Survive. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape en tren See more »

Filming Locations:

Anaconda, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,683,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,683,620
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Franz: Uncredited, as a cop. See more »

Goofs

Some have pointed out that the dead man's switch, a device intended for this exact situation, should have put on the brakes and stopped the train. Indeed, it should have - however, it is explained in the film that the dead-man switch malfunctioned. Furthermore it has been pointed out that in a real situation the emergency brake application by the engineer would have switched the throttle to idle bringing the train to a stop. Although true, this shouldn't be considered a goof as factual accuracy would not allow further evolving of events. See more »

Quotes

Manny: [after Buck convinces him to take Buck with him during the escape, while rubbing himself with axle grease] Son of a bitch. Okay, fool, Get your clothes off and grease down.
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Alternate Versions

While the US and DVD version is missing the shot of the cop being pulled under the wheels of the train, it is included on the uncut Australian region 4 DVD from MGM and the UK DVD from Arrow Films See more »


Soundtracks

Gloria in D Major
by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by The USSR Academic Russian Chorus and the Moscow Conservatoire Students Orchestra
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One of a kind!
13 September 1999 | by ChWasserSee all my reviews

RUNAWAY TRAIN is one of only a few films which are so great that you'll like the people involved in it for the rest of their career regardless in which movies they appear in the future. Walter Hill's underrated STREETS OF FIRE did this to Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane and even Michael Pare while RUNAWAY TRAIN did the same to John Voight, Rebecca DeMornay and even Eric Roberts.

I find it interesting that a film written by a Japanese (Akira Kurosawa!) and directed by a Russian (Andrej Konchalowsky) which features American actors can be such a coherent masterpiece. Although the story is very simple there are deeper layers of meaning which have a lot to say about the human condition and which are so universal that everyone can read the metaphors. Truly an existential action-film!

RUNAWAY TRAIN is not only one of my favorite action-movies of all times but one of the greatest films ever in my opinion. And the famous "gold"-monologue by Manny is just so true!


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