Breakdown (1997)

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Critic Consensus: A brainy and suspenseful -- if somewhat uneven -- thriller.

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Focusing more on building suspense than slam-bam action sequences, this taut thriller follows an ordinary man's struggle to locate his beloved wife, who simply vanished after a car breakdown led her to hitch a ride with a friendly trucker who later denies ever having seen her.
Rating:
R (violence, language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Kurt Russell
as Jeff Taylor
J.T. Walsh
as Red Barr
Kathleen Quinlan
as Amy Taylor
Rex Linn
as Sheriff Boyd
Moira Harris
as Arleen
Kim Robillard
as Deputy Len Carver
Thomas Kopache
as Calhoun
Jack McGee
as Bartender
Ancel Cook
as Barfly
Gene Hartline
as Tow Truck Driver
Steve Waddinton
as Cowboy in Bank
Rick Sanders
as Truck Stop Trucker
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Critic Reviews for Breakdown

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14)

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Entertainment Weekly
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Variety
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Washington Post
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Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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[Kurt Russell's] lack of energy afflicts the film as much as its director's lack of ideas.

Full Review… | May 7, 2003
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Breakdown

A plain old bad movie with a ridiculous plot and no logic. The first thirty minutes was sort've interesting, but after that it just takes a trip to crazy town. It just becomes the most ridiculous plot that has no base in reality. They tried to attempt blending abduction with action and it just didn't work.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

"Breakdown" is without a doubt one of the best action movies I've ever seen, and one of the more overlooked. It's about a married couple that get stranded after their car breaks down in the desert. A truck driver (J.T. Walsh), convincingly urges Kurt Russel that he will take his wife to a nearby phone so she can call for help. However, that's when Russel's wife gets kidnapped and this movie really starts to roll. Kurt Russel goes on an action packed adventure to try to find his wife and when he finally finds where she's at, the suspense gets more intense than just about any movie I've ever seen. I don't see why "Breakdown" wasn't one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the 90's. Kurt Russel puts on one of his best performances ever and J.T. Walsh plays his role as the main villain as close to perfection as any other actor ever has. "Breakdown" has many of the best and most suspenseful action sequences you'll find in any movie. You wouldn't really know that the music stars aren't actors for a living cause they do a great job. There's not many movies that I'll watch twice within a week, but "Breakdown" was so good I watched it 4 times the first week it premiered on cable. I also told all my friends and family how good it was and that they needed to watch it. I taped it the last time I saw it and it's still on my list of one of the best action movies of all time and it always will be. It is also one movie you will never forget. If you like action movies with great suspense and non-stop action, "Breakdown" is one movie you can't miss.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

One of those movies where the world is stacked against you, but you battle against the bad guys if it is the last thing you ever do. The movie keeps you interested til the very end, in fact at the end on the bridge, I was wondering if any one else would come along for Kurt Russell to battle with.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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