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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 ... Oscar 'Manny' Manheim
Eric Roberts ... Buck McGeehy
Rebecca De Mornay ... Sara
Kyle T. Heffner ... Frank Barstow
John P. Ryan ... Warden 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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Once it starts, nothing can stop it! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$7,936,012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In preparing for the role of Manny, Jon Voight spent time with prisoners in San Quentin prison. He remained in contact with some of them for years afterwards. See more »

Goofs

In the yard sequence, where Manny and Buck walk beside the train before boarding the last locomotive, the second locomotive is missing. In clear view the lead engine is attached to a GP7, although a shot seconds before shows all four locomotives. See more »

Quotes

Manny: I can last nine more months for an appeal. I can stand on my head nine months
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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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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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