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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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Everett
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Warren Gerber
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Jean Haney
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Alvin
Judy Benson ...
Lucille
Carroll Dee Bland ...
Chester
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Clay Crosby ...
Gas Station Attendant
Dan DeMott ...
Travers
Trey Fancher ...
Tommy
Henderson Forsythe ...
Thomas Clinton
Armando Garza ...
Gonzalez
Robert Ginnaven ...
State Trooper
Lillian Grimes ...
Lucy
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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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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Fibra de Heróis  »

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The film used Union Pacific tracks in Arkansas, which were formerly the tracks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Mary Steenburgen was born in Arkansas and her father was a freight train conductor on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. See more »

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The idea that a major rail company would suddenly become an air freight company overnight is completely unthinkable. Railroads make most of their money hauling material in bulk, which includes vast amounts of coal. Not only would coal be impossible to ship by air, but so would other heavy bulk materials such as ore, steel, lumber, chemicals, grain, scrap metals, and even heavy machinery. Railroads excel at moving the most heaviest of goods efficiently and have yet to be proved obsolete by any other mode of transport in this field. The only competition air is to rail is that of passengers and time-sensitive mail and packages, but "Southland" is said to be doing only "air freight." See more »

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[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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Counterfeit
Written by Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven & Jolyon Christopher Dantzig
Performed by The Sally Tiven Orchestra featuring Alan Merrill
© 1984 Private Domain Music/Dantzig-In-The-Streets Music (BMI)
Produced by Jon Tiven
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Derailed
14 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

As much as I love trains, I couldn't stomach this movie. The premise that one could steal a locomotive and "drive" from Arkansas to Chicago without hitting another train along the way has to be right up there on the Impossible Plot lines hit board. Imagine two disgruntled NASA employees stealing the "crawler" that totes the shuttles to and fro and driving it to New York and you get the idea.

Having said all that, it's a nice try. Wilford Brimely is at his Quaker Oats best, and Levon Helm turns a good performance as his dimwitted but well-meaning sidekick. Bob Balaban is suitably wormy as the Corporate Guy, and the "little guy takes on Goliath" story gets another airing.


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