A woman secretly witnesses the murder of her blind date for the evening by a top Mafia boss. She immediately goes into hiding without informing the authorities. When they finally catch up with her, she is unwilling to testify to what she has seen, but the Mafia are on her trail. Accompanied by a deputy district attorney, the woman boards a train travelling through a remote part of Canada. The Mafia know him but they have never seen her.Written by
The cabin featured in the first act was specifically built for the movie. Peter Hyams decided to build it on top of a mountain in that particular spot while it was still covered in winter snow. When the snow melted it turned out that the spot was actually a dump and it took a short while to clear it out. See more »
At the 1:01 mark in the film, the red-hatted conductor is seen dutifully retrieving the passenger safety step from the ground and carrying it back into the train, but ignoring the fact that there are still passengers outside including DA Caulfield and the hit-men looking for him. Via Rail regulations (similar to those of many other passenger lines) require that conductors make sure everyone is on board before contacting the engineer to get the train rolling again. Yes, there are many films showing passengers and would-be passengers chasing moving trains in order to get on board, but this is dangerous behavior that directors use to create suspense. Indeed, the scene where DA Caulfield jumps up and bangs on an already-closed door and by fluke luck manages to get the attention of a passenger to help him back inside is, of course, far-fetched--something you'd see in James Bond movie. See more »
[talking about the villains on the train]
Now, we've seen them, they haven't seen us.
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Terrific action thriller with great actors. Unfortunately, they don't have much to say because the action takes over. There isn't much time to develop a character when you're being chased up and down a mountain. Still, this is a great example of the genre. I can't help but think that it would have been a lot more successful financially with younger, hipper stars. I also think that would have ruined it.
The direction is very matter-of-fact. Some movies like this reel you in with a definite "atmosphere", stylized to death. I'm tempted to say this movie has no style at all, but that would be a disservice to Hackman and Archer, who give it all the style it needs.
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