Track 29

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A dissatisfied woman encounters a mysterious stranger who may be her long-lost son in this peculiar, darkly comic drama. Theresa Russell plays the deeply disappointed Linda Henry, who feels stifled by a strained marriage to Dr. Henry Henry (Christopher Lloyd), who pays more attention to his model railroads than to his wife. Desperate for diversion, she is captivated when Martin (Gary Oldman) arrives, claiming to be the child she gave up for adoption after a teenage pregnancy. She immediately bonds with this stranger, but numerous signs indicate that he may not be what he seems. Strange behavior follows from everyone involved, with some of the film's most bizarre sequences concerning Dr. Henry's toy train fetish. The complex, often ambiguous script is by noted British writer Dennis Potter, who also wrote Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, and Nicolas Roeg provided his predictably stylized, enigmatic direction. Despite several interesting moments, Track 29 is far from either Potter's or Roeg's best work, and most critics found it a bizarre, ineffective muddle. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Audience Reviews for Track 29

  • Feb 12, 2010
    TRACK 29 (1988) Directed by Nicholas Roeg. Exec.Producer George Harrison. Written by Dennis Potter. This nightmarish adaptation of Potter's play, Schmoedipus, tells the seemingly simple story of a man in search of his mother who gave up her child (a result of rape as a teenager) some 20-odd years ago. She has been left permanently scarred, trapped in a child-like limbo, drinking away her pain & pining for the child she never got to hold or love. She feels safe but desperately unhappy, in her loveless marriage to a paternalistic physician, who has infantile obsessions of his own, & spends his time locked away playing with his train-set, telling her off, working, or being disciplined by his mistress (played with considerable aplomb by Sandra Bernhardt). Enter Gary Oldman, the prodigal son, who has "come all the way across the pond in search of my mama." And suddenly, small-town USA is no longer the place of home-baked cookies & white-picket fences, but a dark, hallucinatory nightmare of repressed sexual desire, violence, revenge & madness. Welcome to the mind of the late, great Dennis Potter. This is by far one of his best works, reminiscent in many ways of Brimstone & Treacle, only honed into a more mature, polished & refined tale. It is downright disturbing & leaves one with many more questions than answers, so often the trademark of Potter's hallucinatory works. You will never hear the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" in the same way again *****5 out of 5 stars*****
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2009
    "Choo, choo, CHOO!" Crazy! Incest, spanking, model trains. This film disturbs me. Is he her son? Is he her lover? Is she insane? Or is there an alternate dimension? God knows, but this is a crazy, surreal trip and I certainly didn't find it as bad as it's made out to be.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2008
    what can i say this movie was pretty freaky and messed up, the whole story line was pretty wrong her imagining that the character played by gary oldman is her son but yet theres the sexual atmosphere in some scenes which i thought was wrong not the best movie ive ever seen
    Lone W Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2007
    Actually a companion piece to Brimstone and Treacle.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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