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Breakdown (1997)

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

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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Taylor
... Red Barr
... Amy Taylor
... Earl
... Billy
... Sheriff Boyd
Ritch Brinkley ... Al
... Arleen (as Moira Harris)
... Deputy Len Carver
... Calhoun
... Bartender
Vincent Berry ... Deke
Helen Duffy ... Flo
Ancel Cook ... Barfly
... 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

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A cross-country trip. An unexpected breakdown. The trap has been set. See more »


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

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2 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A félelem országútján  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,307,128, 4 May 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,129,186, 17 August 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Writer and Director Jonathan Mostow got the idea for the film while driving through Las Vegas with his wife. See more »

Goofs

The bank manager's computer monitor is shown with no cables plugged into the back during certain shots. In others, they are clearly shown. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: Give me the key.
Red: Mister...
Jeff: Don't "mister" me you son of a bitch. My wife is locked up in a hole in your fucking barn, and if you don't give me the key, I'm gonna blow your fucking head off!
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References The Vanishing (1993) See more »

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Walking Out The Back Door
(1997)
Written by Jeffrey Pescetto
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Produced by Jeffrey Pescetto
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If you loved "Duel" you will love this film!
14 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Real gripping thriller, Russell though tends to be a bit of a wimp to start with then starts getting angry, the storyline is good but some of the scenarios are a little disbelieving and you will tend to keep saying things like "How come he has managed to escape and chase them so easily?" "How come she did that?" etc

The scenery is real nice, fans of road movies will be pleased too with the New Mexico landscapes and long quiet roads.

Worth a watch! We go into real redneck territory here also. I would like to criticise some of the acting though, the delivery of some of the lines tends to be a tad wooden in places (not so much from Russell) but I don't suppose the all non-star cast could expect Oscars.


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