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Runaway Train

1985

Andrei Konchalovsky
Director

A hardened criminal makes a daring escape from the cold, remote, snowy confines of a top maximum security Alaskan jail. Unwittingly accompanied by a con who assisted him, they board a freight train and steam off towards freedom. Unfortunately for them the driver drops dead at the helm and the train picks up speed and momentum on a one-way journey towards disaster. All the time, the nasty warden is after them, trying desperately to board the train....which nobody is driving; which cannot stop.
An under-rated thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat for the most part.
Actor Eddie Bunker is credited as co-writer of the screenplay. ~ The Lord

Adapted from a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, this action-thriller about a prison break by a hardened killer has stuff going on beneath the surface thrills. Voight is just off-the-chain in an astonishing performance. Occasionally too much but the finale, mixing in Vivaldi and Shakespeare makes for one of those Excalibur-like operatic endings.~ The Sloth

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
15th November 1985
Cinema

111
1.85:1
Runaway Train
1st May 2001
DVD

1.85:1
6th February 2006
DVD




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Jon Voight
Manny
Eric Roberts
Buck
Rebecca DeMornay
Sara
Kyle T. Heffner
Frank Barstow
John P. Ryan
Warden Ranken
T. K. Carter
Dave Prince
Kenneth McMillan
Eddie MacDonald
Edward Bunker
Jonah
Reid Cruickshanks
Al Turner (train driver)
Dick Durock
Guard
Tony Epper
Hitman
Diane Erickson
Sue Majors
Carmen Filpi
Signal Maintainer
Norman Alexander Gibbs
Homosexual con
Loren Janes
Engineer Eastbound 12
Tom 'Tiny' Lister
Jackson, the guard
Don McLaughlin
Foreman Cassidy
Charles Messenger
Yard Worker
Larry John Meyers
Pulasky
Stacey Pickren
Ruby
Don Pugsley
Guard
John-Clay Scott
Conductor Eastbound 12
William Tregoe
Rogers
Danny Trejo
Boxer
Hank Worden
Old Con
Big Yank
Trainer
John Bloom
Tall Con
Phillip Earl
1st Crewman
Tom Keenan
2nd Crewman
Unknown
Helicopter pilot
Unknown
Inmate
Unknown
Inmate/Boxing referee
Unknown
Guard #1 who accompanies Warden
Unknown
Guard #2 who accompanies Warden
Unknown
Guard
Unknown
Fight guard
Unknown
Guard with Rifle

Lord Heath: Notes & Screenshots