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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.

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David Hackl

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Cast

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
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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 ...

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There are approximately one million linesmen in America. It is the fourth most dangerous occupation in the world. See more »

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Action | Drama

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Por Um Fio See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed at a country bar in Langley, British Columbia; Gabby's Country Caberet for a bar and fight scene. See more »

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When Eugene threatens to shoot himself in the head, the gun barrel is pressed firmly against his temple. But in the reverse shots, there is a gap of a couple of inches between the gun barrel and his head. See more »

Quotes

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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Written by: LisaBeth Weber
Performed by: LisaBeth Weber and John Beacher
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Does not lay it on the line
26 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Life on the Line is a straight to VOD movie with every cliché in the book and a bare bones plot from Armageddon but without a comet and a spaceship.

John Travolta is Beau, a veteran lineman in Texas wracked with guilt after his brother got electrocuted and his brother's wife dies on the way to the hospital. Beau raises his niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth) as his own.

Bailey is in love with Duncan (Devon Sawa) an aspiring lineman but Beau dislikes him. Bailey has also attracted a stalker with an ex boyfriend. The crew have a difficult task ahead as they are replacing worn out electricity lines, they need to ensure their safety especially with bad weather about.

There is a subplot when new neighbours move in, the man is an Iraq war veteran with PTSD who reckons his wife is cheating on him. He is also a lineman and rather suicidal as well.

Trouble ensues when the electric lines are down after a train wreck, complicated by a heady storm and improbable melodrama involving Bailey ending up at hospital with the back up power down. Beau need all his experience and skill to have the electricity flowing.

We get a busy story but much nothing happens apart from a countdown to a deadly storm. You could not wait for the storm to arrive as it means some action but it is tepid at best.


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