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DESPERATE AND DETERMINED TO SURVIVE
Two convicts break out of Stonehaven Prison in the dead of winter, boarding a freight train with the intention of getting as far away as possible before their notoriously sadistic warden finds out. But the brakes fail and the driver has a heart attack, sending hundreds of tons of metal hurtling through the snowy Alaskan wastes at terrifying and unstoppable speed.
Based on a script by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), with hardboiled prison slang added by real-life ex-con Edward Bunker (Mr Blue in Reservoir Dogs), this riveting thriller also boasts Oscar-nominated performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts with Voight playing spectacularly against type as a criminal so vicious that he served much of his sentence welded into his cell.
Combining electrifying action with constant psychological tension (the only surviving member of the train crew is a young, inexperienced woman), Runaway Train is one of cinema's great thrill-rides.
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The film is very good with some brilliant performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. Both men have escaped a high security prison, so when they bored a train to freedom, sadly the driver suffers a heart attack, and when the breaks fail, both men are stuck on a Runaway Train, which is picking up speed and heading for many perils ahead. This is a brilliant film with a stunning ending.
I agree with other reviewers that there are some wonderful lines, mainly delivered by Jon Voight. It's described as an existentialist movie and the final scene certainly captures the ludicrousness of thinking in terms of winners and losers. The train itself also becomes a sort of character in the film and an irresistible force as discovered by a few of the objects that got in the way!
the two walk miles in blizzard conditions until they reach a rail depot
where they board a stationary train.
the driver gets the train moving, but then suffers a heart attack.
'Manny' and 'Buck' are not aware the train has no driver.
the brakes that were applied by the dying driver fail, it's now a runaway.
unbeknown to the escapees a railway worker 'Sara' is also on board.....
they know now.
'Sara' tells 'Manny' and 'Buck' there is nobody driving the train. now they
have to try and slow it down.
The 'sadistic' prison governor 'Warden Ranken' is in pursuit with the intention
of serving his own brand of justice on the two escapees.
O.K....a little dated perhaps lacking the special-effects we have grown used to
however it's really a pretty exciting and tense affair.......well worth a viewing.
This is a great action movie with a great booklet and reversible sleeve. Well done again arrow for the effort you put in to these releases.
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