Runaway Train (1985)
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Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's second American film may well be the only existential adventure flick in Hollywood history. Two prisoners, Manny (Jon Voight) and Buck (Eric Roberts), escape from a desolate Alaskan maximum-security facility. They hop aboard a speeding train, making a clean escape. But the engineer has suffered a heart attack, and the train goes out of control. To prevent a disastrous head-on collision, the railroad heads decide to derail the runaway train, killing its
Dec 6, 1985 Wide
May 15, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
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Kyle T. Heffner
John P. Ryan
Michael Lee Gogin
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister
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Robert M. Klempner
Harris D. Smith
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Wrenchingly intense and brutally powerful, Andrei Konchalovsky's film rates as a most exciting action epic and is fundamentally serious enough to work strongly on numerous levels.
Somehow one leaves aside the blatant implausibilities, the coincidences, even Eric Roberts, and takes great pleasure in a breakneck ride to the end of the line.
The nihilism and the vicious intensity of Mr. Voight's performance here are entirely different from anything else he has done on screen; it's a shame those qualities emerge in such a vigorous but disjointed film.
Runaway Train is a reminder that the great adventures are great because they happen to people we care about.
A thunderous proto-Speed with exploitation trappings, it also works as an existential art movie with a serious director and a dusted-off Akira Kurosawa script.
A gripping action thriller that's also extremely well acted by Jon Voight and Eric Roberts in Oscar-nominated performances.
While RUNAWAY TRAIN does balance action and philosophy quite neatly it's still intriguing to wonder how differently Kurosawa would have handled it
Highly unusual drama with single premise: survive the runaway train. A metaphor for us all.
You'll be on the edge of your seat....until it stops
A real horror: heavy-handed, stupidly gruesome, as claustrophobic as its train cars and prison cells.
O vilão é caricato demais, mas Eric Roberts e Jon Voight têm boas atuações. Alguns momentos são eletrizantes, mas outros, apenas bobos.
Dominated by a massive performance from Voight, this is a cracking action movie that stays on track to the end of the line, en route turning its monstrous protagonist into a brutal anti-hero.
A great, suspenseful film from director Andrei Konchalovsky before he went Hollywood and on to junk like Tango and Cash.
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