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Breakheart Pass Reviews

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May 1, 2019
bronson is one of my heroes
October 31, 2018
Charles Bronson is a fine actor who makes it look easy with his calm demeanor and quiet intensity. To be able to make it look easy like he always does underscores his ability. We don't appreciate fine actors like him anymore. The scenery of the movie is sweeping and breathtaking. The supporting actors are experienced on all levels and a credit to the film, especially Charles Durning (playing a train conductor) and Jill Ireland. The chemistry between her and Bronson is real, if not a bit stiff. The plot has been characterized as non complex, simple, and fun...which might be fair, however it is not a bad plot nor is it boring or disappointing. Compare to the meaningless CG movies of today with little real scenery and meaningful dialogue. Enjoy the movie and the ensemble of fine actors. Shortly after this film Bronson was sick with cancer and died. Watching him and appreciating his different, hardworking style makes one appreciate him more and mourn his untimely passing again.
½ August 28, 2018
Fun western on a train.
August 27, 2018
An all star cast, fabulous scenery and cinematography, and tight script from the prolific allistar maclean make for a can't miss thriller
June 14, 2017
Though it is far from the deepest film in terms of plot and script this western adventure is at least entertaining, engrossing and not headbangingly infuriating. It also has a solid cast, I like the score by Jerry Goldsmith, like the fact it is primarily set aboard a train, the action is great and it has some tense moments. So nothing revolutionary but nonetheless a finely crafted film that isn't boring.
April 11, 2015
A little bit of everything but at the end we just want to see Bronson kicking arse and while not death wish it's passable.
February 26, 2015
This murder mystery western aboard a train starts off pretty promising, but as the reveal uncovers itself it gets confusing and chaotic by the film's end. The first half is suspenseful and twisty, the second half is your usual shoot em up western fare. Breakheart Pass is reasonable entertainment, I only watched it for Charles Bronson.
September 5, 2014
Breakheart Pass is a great action western whodunit from 1976 starring Charles Bronson that was directed by Tom Gries, who also directed Bronson in Breakout the year before. The movie takes place on a train that is carrying a group of men and soldiers and transporting medical supplies to a diphtheria-invested military outpost during the early twentieth century. When the passengers suddenly start getting bumped off one by one, it's up to John Deacon (Bronson) to figure out what's really going on with this group of people. The movie was based on a novel and a screenplay by Alistair MacLean, but it was unusual in that it was MacLean's attempt at a mystery plot with some action thrown in for good measure. The movie itself probably doesn't have as strong a tone as its makers intended it to have, but it's still a fun movie with some interesting twists and turns, albeit slightly predictable. There's also some very impressive stunt work and set pieces, including Bronson fighting with one of the bad guys on the roof of an actual moving train. The film isn't a straight-ahead western, mystery thriller, or even action movie. Even Charles Bronson isn't his typical hard-nosed self. Instead it feels like a much lighter affair overall, even though at times the material would suggest otherwise. I'd consider the film to be a strong B movie, but with a little more class than usual. It's also another great actioner with Charles Bronson, if nothing else.
May 8, 2014
At the height of the frontier era, a locomotive races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote Army post. But one by one, the passengers are being murdered! Their only hope is John Deakin (Charles Bronson), a mysterious prisoner-in-transit who must fight for his life - and the lives of everyone on the train - as he uncovers a deadly secret that explodes in a torrent of shocking revelations, explosive brawls and blazing gun battles.

also stars Ben Johnson, Jill Ireland, Richard Crenna, Charles Durning, Roy Jenson, Casey Tibbs, Archie Moore and Joe Kapp.

directed by Tom Gries.
September 19, 2013
Bronson boards a train were they're mysterious killings and disappearances. Fun Western.
½ August 7, 2013
Bronson delivers again as a secret agent uncovering gunrunning and gold swindling aboard a train. I think he went over three decades without doing a below-average movie. Good theme and a very notable cast, including legendary toughs Robert Tessier and Ed Lauter and sports legends Archie Moore and Joe Kapp.
August 6, 2013
An intriguing Mystery/Western that despite its many flaws is very entertaining.
August 3, 2013
This honestly is a good rental movie for anyone who just want to have an enjoyable movie to pass the time on a mundane weekend.
July 27, 2013
This was actually an alright flick....good cast, quite a few big names in the film world from the 70's in this one......something about train movies.
½ May 25, 2013
It's generally considered to be the odd one out in the list of MacLean's books, but the film adaptation is absolutely engaging--Good, Solid mystery western!!
February 23, 2013
Old West Mystery on A Train
October 27, 2012
They don't really make adventure movies like this anymore. Bronson as a 1800's secret service agent uncovering activities Uncle Sam would not approve of. Lauter and Bronson would later team up in the excellent Death Wish 3.
July 15, 2012
Decent little who dun it.
½ July 10, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

(1976) Breakheart Pass

Unusual blend of action and mystery but captivating nonetheless which takes place on a train based on the novel by Alister MacLean starring Charles Bronson as Deakin investigating a death in a train. There's basically one unbelievable train stunt that has to be seen to be believed and Bronson's charm is still intact. Also starring is his frequent female co-star and wife Jill Ireland, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna and Charles Durning.

3 and a 1/2 out of 4
½ June 16, 2012
Novelist Alistair MacLean, whose normal area of expertise is World War II thrillers such as "Where Eagles Dare" and "The Guns of Navarone", took a break from his wartime suspense novels to write an American western.
Here Charles Bronson plays a mysterious man held captive on board a train rolling through the bleak winter wilderness towards Breakheart Pass. Accused of a crime, all is not as it seems for Bronson's character Deacon, is he really a criminal or an undercover agent? With gun runners, government agents, deceitful officials and Indians, this action thriller really thrills and one could do worse than watch this on a rainy afternoon.
Highly recommended.
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