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Detonator (1993)

Death Train (original title)
A train with hostages is stolen in Bremen, Germany. It's heading south through Europe with a nuclear bomb. A UN crime-fighting task force is in charge of stopping it in cooperation with local military and police.

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David Jackson (as David S. Jackson)

Writer:

David Jackson (as David S. Jackson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Mike Graham
Patrick Stewart ... Malcolm Philpott
Alexandra Paul ... Sabrina Carver
Ted Levine ... Alex Tierney
Christopher Lee ... General Benin
John Abineri ... Leitzig
Nic D'Avirro Nic D'Avirro ... Rodenko
Clarke Peters ... Whitlock
Andreas Jung Andreas Jung ... Kolchinsky (as Andreas Sportelli)
Ron Berglas ... Roger Flint
Vili Matula Vili Matula ... Sigi
Lorrie Marlow ... Yolanda
Terrence Hardiman ... German Commander
Bill Leadbitter Bill Leadbitter ... Rosie
Daniel Stewart Daniel Stewart ... Tretyak
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Storyline

A German scientist has aided an ex-Soviet General in constructing a nuclear weapon, which is now in the possession of an American mercenary, heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train. Malcolm Philpott, a member of U.N.A.C.O., (United Nations Anti Crime Organization) must use a team of hand-picked Agents from various parts of the globe to stop this death train at all costs. Written by James Allan <alland@globalnet.co.uk>

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The mission is impossible. The consequences deadly. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Croatia | USA

Language:

English | Slovenian

Release Date:

14 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Death Train See more »

Filming Locations:

Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Abineri is dubbed by David de Keyser. See more »

Goofs

There is no such thing as a central dispatch for all European railway. If there were, it would have had to be manned by a couple of thousand dispatchers in order to control all points, signals, trains, shunting operations and track works. In the movie only two different dispatchers are portrayed and not many more, if any, are visible. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm Philpott: Michael, you can't call me "Phil" in this group.
Mike Graham: So what should I call you.
Malcom Philpott: "Sir" would be appropriate.
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Fun Little Movie with a Great Cast
7 August 2004 | by mickdansforthSee all my reviews

Now on DVD as Detonator, this was a USA Network Original Movie as Alistair MacLean's Death Train. There is also a sequel Detonator II, or Night Watch. Oddly, even though this was first shown on the USA Network, it is available Widescreen and has a small bit of language.

The cast shines here with Ted Lavine (Captain Stottlemeyer on Monk) as the mercenary who high-jacks a train with a nuclear device on it. Ted Lavine is great in these small crazy roles. The Living Legend, Christopher Lee, (Saruman in the Lord of the Rings movies) in one of his non-horror roles, is the Russian General who hired Levine. Any movie with Christopher Lee is worth watching, and this one shows off his ability to speak Russian. Also on board are Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard on Star Trek TNG), Alexandra Paul (Baywatch), and Pierce Brosnan (007) as the Hero.

The story is one where Cold Warriors freak out over the lack of a cold war and do horrible thing to start it back up again. Tom Clancy has covered this territory, the Bush Administration has been all about re-starting tension from day one, so nothing new, but it is entertaining.


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