Runaway Train Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan

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Oscar "Manny" Manheim (Voight), a safecracker and hardened convict, is the prison yard "boss" in an Alaska prison. The vicious prison administrator wants to do away with Manny, so the ornery and obnoxious convict makes a break with Buck (Roberts), a young, cocky, and dimwitted sidekick. The two jump a four-car locomotive that, unbeknownst to them, has no brakes and no one at the throttle: the engineer died of a heart attack and fell out just as it was leaving the station. Also along for the ride is Sara (De Mornay), a railway worker who was catching a nap on board. The rest of the movie concerns their efforts to stop or get off the train as it attains 80 mph speeds across the frozen countryside, and railroad officials' efforts at same, not knowing about the stowaways. The Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky shot this bleak and brutal 1985 existential drama based on a story by the great Japanese director Kurosawa, who had originally hoped to film it in upstate New York.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 80%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Disaster, big vehicle    -   Yes Kind of vehicle:    -   train Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes If this is a criminal POV story...    -   jail abuse/escape story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Misc setting    -   prison    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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