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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:

(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oscar 'Manny' Manheim
... Buck McGeehy
... Sara
... Frank Barstow
... Warden Ranken
... Dave Prince
... Eddie MacDonald
Stacey Pickren ... Ruby
Walter Wyatt ... Conlan
... Jonah
Reid Cruickshanks ... Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks)
Dan Wray ... Fat Con
Michael Lee Gogin ... Short Con
... Tall Con
... 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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Once it starts, nothing can stop it! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape en tren  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,601,480, 6 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,936,012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) placed some tight restrictions on the making of the film. Firstly, the company's name and logo could not be shown on any piece of equipment. The wording "A&E Northern" replaced Alaska Road's signage. Secondly, according to the Alaska Roads website, "The film company took extra precautions to insure the safety of the crew. Not one shot was taken without everybody securely rigged or hooked to the moving train. They even hired trained mountaineers to guarantee that everybody who worked on the train was properly strapped." See more »

Goofs

Ranken's helicopter alternates between two registration numbers: N20401 (small font on the bottom of the chopper's main body, ahead of the skids) and N710GW (covers the entire bottom). See more »

Quotes

Sara: [tearfully] You're an animal!
Manny: No, worse! Human. Human!
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Connections

Referenced in Runaway Brain (1995) 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 my alltime favourites.
28 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is just brilliant. The Oscar Mannheimer character has to be one of the hardest moviecharacters of alltime. I love the way Voight turns mental on numerous occasions, he's doing one hell of a job. Arguably his best ever role. Eric Roberts is almost as brilliant in portraying Buck. I find myself laughing at so many times during the course of this movie. It's not only funny though, it's also a movie of high suspense and some action. 10 out of 10. I say YEAH!


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