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Breakdown (1997)

R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 May 1997 (USA)
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Director:

Jonathan Mostow

Writers:

Jonathan Mostow (story), Jonathan Mostow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Jeff Taylor
J.T. Walsh ... Red Barr
Kathleen Quinlan ... Amy Taylor
M.C. Gainey ... Earl
Jack Noseworthy ... Billy
Rex Linn ... Sheriff Boyd
Ritch Brinkley ... Al
Moira Sinise ... Arleen (as Moira Harris)
Kim Robillard ... Deputy Len Carver
Thomas Kopache ... Calhoun
Jack McGee ... Bartender
Vincent Berry Vincent Berry ... Deke
Helen Duffy Helen Duffy ... Flo
Ancel Cook Ancel Cook ... Barfly
Gene Hartline ... Tow Truck Driver
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Storyline

Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country. When they find themselves stranded in the middle of a desert with hardly anyone or anything around, their trip comes to a sudden halt. Amy had taken a ride with a friendly trucker to a small diner to call for help, but after a long time, Jeff becomes worried. He finds that no one in the diner has seen or heard from his wife. When he finds the trucker who gave Amy the ride, the trucker swears he has never seen her. Now Jeff must attempt to find his wife, who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. But who can he trust? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It could happen to you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Film composer Basil Poledouris had to record two scores for the film, because the first one was rejected. See more »

Goofs

The rear-view mirror in the Ford F150. See more »

Quotes

Amy: [reading a doughnut package] If you win this mail-in contest, you can choose between 90,000 dollars, or 90,000 donuts. What would you do with 90,000 donuts?
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Alternate Versions

German version was edited to remove sight of Kathleen Quinlan moving the gearshift of the pickup-truck (so it looks like Red Barr's truck falls down by itself). See more »

Connections

References Deliverance (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

This Game Of Love
(1997)
Lyric by Jonathan Mostow and Rachel Lipman
Music by Jeffrey Pescetto
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto
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User Reviews

 
Has It's Faults, But Boredom Is Not One Of Them
21 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

An action-suspense R-rated movie featuring Kurt Russell and a bunch of evil kidnappers and extortioners who keep you riveted to your seat wondering what is going to happen next.

The story has no lulls and when it's over, you're worn out because of the high intensity action start-to-finish. It's actually a little too much.

Yes, it has it's implausible parts, and the language - mainly by Russell - could be cleaned up considerably - but it's so involving a story you get lost in it. It's decently filmed, too, particularly with the desert scenery in the beginning. J. T. Walsh makes an excellent villain, too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakdown See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,307,128, 4 May 1997

Gross USA:

$50,159,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,159,144
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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