Track 29 (1988)




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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
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Theresa Russell
as Linda Henry
Gary Oldman
as Martin
Sandra Bernhard
as Nurse Stein
Christopher Lloyd
as Henry Henry
Colleen Camp
as Arlanda
Seymour Cassel
as Dr. Bernard Fairmont
Leon Rippy
as Trucker
Vance Colvig
as Mr. Ennis
Kathryn Tomlinson
as Receptionist
Jerry Rushing
as Redneck
Tommy Hull
as Counterman
Richard K. Olsen
as Delegate
Ted Barrow
as Old Man
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Critic Reviews for Track 29

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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May 20, 2003
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December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Track 29

I have no idea what the director intended, but this hallucinatory thriller attempts for unsettling but ultimately evolves into a film so preposterously silly that I couldn't help but laugh at unintentional comedic parts. Gary Oldman is my absolute favorite actor and is initially the reason I gave this film a chance but I regretted it immediately. Despite Oldman's usual brilliance, the acting from the remaining cast was horrifyingly bad. It was actually painful to sit through. The script really isn't all that bad, but the approach to it was unforgiving. In the hands of someone else, I'm sure it could have been a provocative, unsettling grim little film but instead we have this mess.

Joel Caraway
Joel Caraway

This garishly baroque spectacle will probably elicit either a love-it or hate-it reaction. But the film isn't so much meant to be enjoyed at the typical superficial level -- it's meant to provoke, evoke, and even invoke the Fruedian monsters within us. A fascinating film that perhaps fails as a movie.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

"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.
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