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Life on the Line (2015)

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A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.


David Hackl


Chad Dubea (story by), Primo Brown (story by) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Beau
Kate Bosworth ... Bailey
Devon Sawa ... Duncan
Gil Bellows ... Pok' Chop
Julie Benz ... Carline
Ryan Robbins ... Eugene
Ty Olsson ... Danny
Sharon Stone ... Duncan's Mother
Reese Alexander ... Russell
Emilie Ullerup ... Becky
Stuart Stone ... Hunter
Matt Bellefleur ... Ron
Lydia Styslinger ... Elly
Christian Michael Cooper ... Dillon
Sidney Grigg ... Young Bailey


LIFE ON THE LINE is a riveting action thriller and family drama centered on Beau (John Travolta), his beloved niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth) and the hardworking men who risk their lives to work "on the line" and keep the electric grid running. These unsung heroes brave raging storms and dangerously dizzying heights in their dedication to keeping the populace safe. Toiling hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, tragedy is often inches away. Haunted by the electrocution death of his brother, Beau is devoted to Bailey and determined to see her go off to college and away from the life of linemen. Bailey has other plans, which include the strapping second-generation lineman Duncan (Devon Sawa), whom Beau despises. A deadly tempest is brewing and headed straight to their Texas town. Beau, Duncan and a legion of linemen are thrust into the eye of the storm and must face down impending disaster to keep their community connected. This compelling ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Courage. Risk. Sacrifice. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence/grisly images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Bailey works at the Hilltop Cafe. The same cafe is in David Hackl's previous film he also directed "Into the Grizzly Maze". See more »


When the hospital loses power and the generator engages, the film shows this taking less than 1 second. In reality, the generator has to start, come up to speed, then the transfer switch has to transfer power from the power grid to the generator. This process takes 4 to 7 seconds in most situations, and hospitals are accustomed to this short delay. See more »


Carline: He won't talk about it but it really changed him. Sometimes I feel like he's not even here even when he is home. You know things aren't always as perfect as they seem.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, they show tributes and pictures of linemen who died on the job. See more »


Highline Cowboy
Written by Brandon Shayne Wylie
Performed by Brandon Wylie
Courtesy of Coyote Lineman Entertainment
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User Reviews

Worth a watch
5 March 2017 | by shareplayfoxSee all my reviews

Watched this tonight - Watt a treat, its absolutely shocking, electrifying and keeps pylon on the suspense, it really amps up towards the end, and manages to fuse and splice current day tech with raw acting power, if you want a film that makes you go "ohm my god" you cant do better than this John Tra-volt-a charged joule of a movie. This really sparks the imagination and overloads the senses, worth the watch. Follow it up by watching the new program on the documentary channel about power workers searching the top floor of abandoned power stations for old valuables - Cash in the static.

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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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