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Night Train (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | July 1999 (Canada)
In this dark and dangerous Film Noir-metts-German Expressionism directorial debut from veteran visual effects man Les bernstien, paunchy ex-con Joe Butcher (John Voldstad of THE NEWHART ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Voldstad John Voldstad ... Joe / Zack Butcher
Barry Cutler ... Sam
Nikoletta Skarlatos Nikoletta Skarlatos ... Bobby / Regina
Pedro Aldana Pedro Aldana ... Don Alameda
Donna Pieroni ... Mary-Lou
Dan Shor ... Jones
Chuck Skull Chuck Skull ... Torturer
Tony Cruz Tony Cruz ... Thug #1 (as Tony 'El Indio' Cruz)
Martin Hugo Valdiva Montes Martin Hugo Valdiva Montes ... Thug #2
Richard Head Richard Head ... Thug #3
Lucía Lapiedra Lucía Lapiedra ... Hooker #1 (as Miriam Sanchez)
Cora Campos Cora Campos ... Hooker #2
Jose Alfredi Garza Carona Jose Alfredi Garza Carona ... Bartender
Aurelio Trujillo Campos Aurelio Trujillo Campos ... Vaquero in bar
Rigoberto Gonzales Flemate Rigoberto Gonzales Flemate ... Customer


In this dark and dangerous Film Noir-metts-German Expressionism directorial debut from veteran visual effects man Les bernstien, paunchy ex-con Joe Butcher (John Voldstad of THE NEWHART SHOW) heads south of the border, tumbling head first into the boiling vat of corruption that supports Tijuana's thriving snuff film industry. Through a booze-induced haze, Butcher encounters a Mexican spitfire, a grizzled drunk, a villainous dwarf and an obese sexpot, as he frantically retraces his brother's final steps through seed and grime to unravel his mysterious death. Lavishly shot in black and white with great visual stylization, NIGHT TRAIN is "... the most boldly evoked vision imaginable of Tijuana as hell-on-earth... unique and compelling." (The Los Angeles Times) NIGHT TRAIN is a must-see for fans of gritty motion pictures like MURDER IS MY BEAT, KISS ME DEADLY and BLOOD FEAST."

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Official Sites:

Metropolis Pictures, Inc.




English | Spanish

Release Date:

July 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Nyhterino treno See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Surreal, bizarre, gritty and gripping film noir.
2 June 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the experience of watching Les Bernstien's debut film "Night Train". It's a challenging film as it's surreal, bizarre and disorientating. There's a plot but the strong use of visual techniques means concentration is required throughout.

There's more than a touch of German Expressionism to the proceedings as we watch the film's anti-hero, Joe Butcher, search for details of his lost brother, Zack. Butcher is played by John Voldstad, who delivers a mesmerising and memorable performance.

Nikoletta Skarlatos brings glamour to the proceedings as the two sisters, Bobby and Regina.

This is sleazy stuff and there are moments when the viewer may feel like they're actually at the heart of the action.

This won't be a film for everyone but fans of transgressive and experimental cinema will probably love this gem. I was genuinely sad when the ending arrived - this is a film that was a pleasure to watch and genuinely unique.

A strong 8 out of 10.

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