Runaway Train

"Excellent"

Runaway Train Review


To say Runaway Train is wholly contrived would be an understatement, but this is one hell of a movie -- all despite a silly setup, a lousy name, the appearance of Eric Roberts (who earned an Oscar nomination), and a Russian director who has done nothing of note before or since. It's a prison break movie with a twist: 30 minutes after the beginning of the film, there's still no train despite the title... but then grizzly convict Jon Voight (also an Oscar nominee) and the dimwit weasel Roberts are away from their Alaskan prison and hop aboard a train, destined to escape the eye of the law. But the engineer promptly dies, falls off the engine, and sends the train into a full-throttle nightmare. Convicts end up teaming with a sleeping assistant (Rebecca De Mornay) to try to stop the train.

Totally ridiculous (and based on the work of Akira Kurosawa!) but very exciting. And this -- or so it seems -- is really shot on a speeding train. No miniatures. Tons of stunts. Insane.

The real treat is that this is an action movie with a brain. No Seagal and no Van Damme. Real actors (even Roberts proving he has raw talent). Real ice (you feel cold just watching it). Real fun.



Runaway Train

Facts and Figures

Run time: 111 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th December 1985

Box Office Worldwide: $7.9M

Budget: $9M

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films, Cannon Group

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Fresh: 25 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Oscar 'Manny' Manheim, as Buck, as Sara, Kyle T. Heffner as Frank Barstow, John P. Ryan as Ranken, T. K. Carter as Dave Prince, as Eddie MacDonald, Stacey Pickren as Ruby, Walter Wyatt as Conlan, as Jonah, Reid Cruickshanks as Al Turner (as Reid Cruikshanks), Dan Wray as Fat Con, as Short Con, Joe Bob Briggs as Tall Con, Hank Worden as Old Con (as Norton E. 'Hank' Warden), John Otrin as Cat Con, Norman Alexander Gibbs as Queen Con, Dennis Ott as Guard, Don Pugsley as Guard, John Fountain as Guard, Wally Rose as Announcer, as Boxer

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