Rails & Ties

2007, Drama, 1h 41m

47 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Despite the strong cast, Rails & Ties is an emotionally overwrought, not entirely believable melodrama. Read critic reviews

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Engineer Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon) kills a suicidal woman when his train slams into her car. Suspended from his job, he must confront his wife Megan's (Marcia Gay Harden) illness finally, but Megan announces she is going to leave him. Unexpectedly, the son (Miles Heizer) of the dead woman, arrives on the couple's doorstep and moves in with them.

Cast & Crew

Miles Heizer
Davey Danner
Eugene Byrd
Otis Higgs
Laura Cerón
Susan Garcia
Bonnie Root
Laura Danner
Tom Stern
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Gary D. Roach
Film Editor
Kyle Eastwood
Original Music
Michael Stevens
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James J. Murakami
Production Design
Ronald R. Reiss
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Deborah Hopper
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Critic Reviews for Rails & Ties

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (31)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation.

    January 2, 2008
  • There's just not much here to recommend at all.

    November 12, 2007
  • One highly unlikely circumstance after another become laughable, preventing you from being moved by the family tragedies depicted. They beg for tears, but a script this chock-full of holes is unlikely to elicit the desired effect.

    November 9, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Everyone involved will move on to bigger and better things and leave this series of unfortunate events behind on the tracks, waiting for a midnight train to put it out of its considerable misery.

    November 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rails & Ties

  • May 28, 2009
    Kevin Bacon is Tom and Marcia Gay Harden is Megan - a couple who are having difficulties with their marriage. Not only that, but Megan has cancer. Tom withdraws into his work - as a railroad engineer, but even that is messed up when he crashes his train into a car parked on a crossing - killing a suicidal mother. When the 11 year-old son of that suicidal mother comes to Tom's house to accuse him of killing his mom, Megan sort-of adopts him - and perhaps all three of them can begin to heal.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2009
    Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden and Miles Heizer made me believe that I was looking into their lives and Alison Eastwood's direction clearly had something to do with that. The script however was unbelievable. But then again, does it really matter? When it turn to movies, it let us escape from reality. I enjoy a movie that can bring me into their world and this ones had. I will look forward to see more of Alison Eastwood!
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2009
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Rails and Ties," Tom(Kevin Bacon), a train engineer, is advised to take some time off to care for his wife Megan(Marcia Gay Harden) who is dying of breast cancer. He refuses, trying to bury himself in his work. But that decision is taken out of his hands when Laura(Bonnie Root) drives her car onto the tracks in front of his train. Tom goes by the book and slows down, not hitting the emergency brake which could cause a derailment. Luckily, her 11-year old son David(Miles Heizer) escapes unscathed before the car is totaled, killing his mother. After the crash, Tom is suspended, pending a hearing and investigation. When he gets home, Megan shows interest in learning how to play the piano and visiting San Francisco, one of the stops on his route(more or less). Meanwhile, David runs away from his foster mother(Margo Martindale).[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]While stretching credibility to the breaking point, "Rails and Ties" still manages to be worthwhile due to its raw intensity and honesty in exploring mortality which can make us see how precious the little things in life really are.(At least, it does not put train travel into the mortality equation.) And excellent performances from Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden certainly help. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2009
    Alison Eastwod hits a double in her directorial debut. Alison was great in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Here, she shows that she has strong potential to be a good director, just like her dad, Clint. Her editing and directing style seems similar to her dad's style. Bacon, Harden, and Heizer's performances make the film worth watching. On the negative, I didn't like how Alison used the fade out transition throughout the film. The pacing of the film is also off and some scenes were too slow.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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