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




15th November 1985
Cinema



111 mins
1.85:1



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Jon Voight
Manny

Eric Roberts
Buck

Rebecca De Mornay
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