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Transsiberian (2008)

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A Transsiberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.


Brad Anderson
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Roy
Emily Mortimer ... Jessie
Ben Kingsley ... Grinko
Kate Mara ... Abby
Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos Ximénez
Thomas Kretschmann ... Kolzak
Etienne Chicot ... Frenchman
Mac McDonald ... Minister
Colin Stinton ... Embassy Official
Perlis Vaisieta Perlis Vaisieta ... Manager Hotel Pushkin
Mindaugas Papinigis ... Young Detective
Mindaugas Capas ... Military Officer
Sonata Visockaite Sonata Visockaite ... Female Train Attendant #1
Larisa Kalpokaite Larisa Kalpokaite ... Female Train Attendant #2
Valentinas Krulikovskis Valentinas Krulikovskis ... Young Waiter


Americans abroad. Roy and Jessie finished a volunteer stint in China. He loves trains, so they go home via the Trans-Siberia Express. There are strains in the relationship, including her past. They meet Carlos, a Spaniard, traveling with Abby, a young American. Carlos keeps close to Jessie, and when Roy is left behind and waits a day for the next train so he can catch up, Jessie and Carlos take a trip into the dead of winter to photograph a ruined church. Carlos may be running drugs, so, later, when Roy catches up and introduces Jessie to his new pal, an English speaking Russian narcotics detective, he's the last person Jessie wants to see. Will the Siberian desolation be their undoing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can't escape your lies. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | Germany | Spain | Lithuania


English | Russian | Spanish | Chinese | French

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Expresso Transiberiano See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,615, 20 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,203,641, 9 November 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX (as Dolby Digital Surround EX)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Among the references that Brad Anderson drew on were the movies North by Northwest (1959), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Runaway Train (1985), Dead Calm (1989), and the book "Crime and Punishment". See more »


Grinko wears his wedding ring on left hand. While Russians (as well as many other nations of the former Soviet Union) actually wear wedding rings on right hand, they will wear wedding rings on their left hands when they are divorced or widowed. See more »


Jessie: Kill off all my demons, Roy, and my angels might die, too.
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Alternate Versions

9 secs of cuts to shots of a knife being pressed into a leg wound were removed from the UK DVD release in order to achieve a 15 classification. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 18 was available. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.126 (2009) See more »


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User Reviews

Thrilling,but not Gripping.
16 August 2008 | by xebec_roySee all my reviews

This movie could have been a brilliant one but falls short due to over simplification.Roy and Jessie are an American couple on board the transsiberian train from beijing to moscow.This particular route has its fair share of crime with drug transfers via 'mules'(innocent looking people transferring drugs from one location to the other)being rampant.A Spanish hombre Carlos and his American girlfriend Abby become the compartment mates of Roy and Jessie.And the darkness builds up on the white snow...

Emily Mortimer is splendid as Jessie,an amateur photographer, with a wild past.She is a good wife,but irrational and confused sometimes, unwillingly giving way to her wild side through her inherent goodness.Eduardo Noriega (Carlos) is enigmatic as the Macho,Attractive yet Impolite Spaniard,with a sense of danger lurking in his eyes.His pushy side, while repelling for a sedate person, draws adventurous individuals towards him like a magnet.Woody Harrelson ( Roy ) and Kate Mara ( Abby ) do not have enough screen time.However Ben KIngsley delivers an outstanding cameo as Russian narcotics division detective Grinko.

The Russian cold is captured effectively, the screenplay is taut, the camera captures the vivid icy desolation of Russia with some haunting imagery.These are the things that work for the movie.

However, this is not a Whoddunit movie and the Agatha Christie genre of the Orient Express should not be brought into consideration here.The movie focuses on select individuals and is definitely thrilling.The ending is over-contrived and somewhat ludicrous and spoils the building up of tension.The movie never grips the audience,but due to its overall quality definitely worth watching.

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