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Rails & Ties (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 April 2008 (Brazil)
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A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

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Alison Eastwood

Writer:

Micky Levy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Tom Stark
Marcia Gay Harden ... Megan Stark
Miles Heizer ... Davey Danner
Marin Hinkle ... Renee
Eugene Byrd ... Otis Higgs
Bonnie Root ... Laura Danner
Steve Eastin ... N.B. Garcia
Laura Cerón ... Susan Garcia
Margo Martindale ... Judy Neasy
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Brown
Steven M. Porter ... Howie Pugh
Jim Cody Williams ... Vince the Engineer
Kerri Randles ... Rosanna
Stephen Peace ... Bartender
Robert Harvey ... Administrator #1
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Storyline

Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. Tom's colleague Otis, who never got over a hobo doing the same on foot, resigns, Tom is suspended. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. He escapes from a monstrous foster-ma's home and tracks down Tom's home. Megan, who was about to leave without allowing him to get closer again during her last weeks, promises to stay if they take on Davey. Boy and childless couple soon grow on each-other, but a social worker is on Davey's trail. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

When life comes apart, love puts it back together.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, an accident scene, brief nudity and momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Yollar ve Baglar See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,032, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,718, 4 November 2007
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Production Co:

Malpaso Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden previously worked together in the movie Mystic River (2003). See more »

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" Sorrow is the staggering payment we make when investing in love "
9 December 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

To often humans seek out comfort in the embrace of another. It's natural and necessary if we want to remain human. However, the price we pay is terrible when giving our love to parents, loved ones and close friends. In addition, tragic events add to our loss when inexplicably we lose those who are close to us. This film encompasses such a tragic loss when Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon) is at the controls of his train when Laura Danner (Bonnie Root), a suicidal mother parks her car upon the tracks and awaits death with her son. Despite his best efforts, Stark is unable to prevent the accident. The woman is killed and her son Davey Danner (Miles Heizer) blames her death on the engineer. With the accident troubling his mind, Stark is further burdened with his ailing wife who is dying of cancer. In addition, Davey becomes an orphan, sent to a foster home from which he runs away from and seeks refuge with Stark and (Marcia Harden) his sickly wife. The story is deeply complex and extremely ladened with anxiety, conflicting emotion and troubling situations. It attempts to intertwine both family understanding and compassion grief. Although Kevin Bacon is superb in his acting and is ably supported by Miles who is equally great, some selected scenes are slow to develop, morosely dark and too often the audience is hampered with confused and poorly directed endings. Nevertheless, the story is awash with deep feelings and emotional surges which confront human beings everyday. ***


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