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End of the Line (1987)

When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

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Jay Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Everett
Bob Balaban ... Warren Gerber
Barbara Barrie ... Jean Haney
Michael Beach ... Alvin
Judy Benson Judy Benson ... Lucille
Carroll Dee Bland Carroll Dee Bland ... Chester
Wilford Brimley ... Will Haney
Clay Crosby Clay Crosby ... Gas Station Attendant
Dan DeMott Dan DeMott ... Travers
Trey Fancher Trey Fancher ... Tommy
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Thomas Clinton
Armando Garza Armando Garza ... Gonzalez
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... State Trooper
Lillian Grimes Lillian Grimes ... Lucy
Levon Helm ... Leo Pickett
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Storyline

2 worker from a railway company realize that the company want to close the railroad track where they work. They steal an engine and travel thru America to the centre of the company to protest against the closing. While travelling they have a lot of adventurous moments. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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In the name of progress ... one magnificent step backward.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fibra de Heróis See more »

Filming Locations:

Benton, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton receives a "Thanks" credit, as most of this production was shot on location in his home state. Longtime Clinton family friend and fellow Arkansan Mary Steenburgen co-stars. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where they run through the police car on the track, first a boom mic is seen on the bottom on the screen, then a dolly track and boom mic again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Will Haney: You fool.
[dragging him off the railroad tracks]
Will Haney: You pretty near bought the farm, you drunken old son of a bitch.
Hobo: The hell I did.
[laughing and drinking]
Will Haney: You lay around on them railroad tracks and you'll have no legs, by golly.
Hobo: Well, at least I would have matched set.
[laughing boisterously]
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Soundtracks

God Must Have Blessed America
Written by Allen Toussaint
Used by permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc. and Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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More relevant in Australia than in the US.
26 August 2015 | by DigitalRevenantX7See all my reviews

Haney & Leo have been working at their town's local rail freight depot for decades. But when the company that owns the depot shuts it down in order to switch to air freight, the pair decide to steal a locomotive & drive it all the way to Chicago in order to make a case about saving their jobs, in the process turning them into folk heroes.

End of the Line was a drama made in 1987, starring Wilford Brimley & Levon Helm as a pair of railroad workers suddenly made redundant by corporate restructuring. The story is an interesting one (something that would be more relevant here in Australia since the Australian Labor government of 2007-2013 introduced their carbon tax – a tax that was designed to shut down the country's automotive industry which it ultimately did, thanks to the tax's designers, the Australian Greens & their nutty desire to turn Australian drivers into a nation of pushbike riders) & the acting is excellent from all corners. Kevin Bacon makes another of his appearances as Brimley's son-in-law, who has a bad case of gambling addiction & runs a small-time betting ring. But the film is hamstrung by a lack of purpose that hurts the film's chances of becoming a minor classic.


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