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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Ride Of Your Death... See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

One of several American films that Russian Director Andrey Konchalovskiy made for The Cannon Group, Inc./Golan-Globus Productions during the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

When the prison guard from the helicopter falls off the train after crashing through the window, his goggles are missing and his face is covered with blood. In the next shot, showing him getting run over by the train, he is wearing the goggles and the blood on his face has disappeared. 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

The DVD mysteriously edits out the shot of the first helicopter policeman being run over by the wheels of the train. You see him crash into the train windshield and see him fall off, but then you see just a plain shot of the wheels. In all other versions of the film on video and laserdisc have a shot of this man's face coming right at the camera as his body is run over by the wheels of the train. Even the US TV version has a brief shot of this. This shot is present in the UK Arrow Films DVD release. 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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a knock-out!
29 July 1999 | by Jaime N. ChristleySee all my reviews

Everything about this film has a surreal, visceral, in-your-face quality; the anguished, violent intensity of the prison scenes, the frozen wastelands of the lands outside the prison (gee, a metaphor?), the train -- not just a lifeless machine but a huge, juggernaut-like beast -- that the title refers to, the fierce, animalistic performance by Jon Voight, who plays the character of Manny with such raw emotion and conviction that at no moment do we doubt that he is anything other than what he appears to be on screen.

It's based on a screenplay by the legendary Akira Kurosawa -- knowing this makes a lot of the elements a bit more familiar; the snow, the hopelessness, the apocalyptic atmosphere -- and it's directed by Russian Andrei Konchalovsky, who after this film directed two Hollywood embarrassments called "Homer & Eddie" and "Tango & Cash" (apparently trying to corner the market on ampersands), and most recently helmed the acclaimed Armand Assante mini-series "The Odyssey" for television. "Runaway Train" is not a perfect film, some of the minor supporting performances are really awful and some viewers may find Eric Roberts to be irritating, but the sheer kineticism, among the other stronger elements, makes it worthwhile. Often called an intellectual action picture, it's more of an existential one, i.e. man versus a indifferent/hostile universe, etc. Everything in the film has a greater, more universal meaning, and it's not rocket science to figure out what stands for what. The simplicity of its metaphors doesn't dull the impact of "Runaway Train" as a sensory experience, though, because it's still pretty potent stuff. Provided you're not completely close-minded, this is one you'll remember for a long, long time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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