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Runaway Train [Import]


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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan
  • Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy
  • Writers: Edward Bunker, Akira Kurosawa, Djordje Milicevic, Hideo Oguni, Paul Zindel
  • Producers: Henry T. Weinstein
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: July 16 1996
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304084293

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By irnmtn25 on Jan. 5 2004
Format: DVD
I remember watching this movie when I was 10/11 years old. It was mesmorizing then, and it still is now. While I do not yet own the DVD, today I was able to catch this wonderful film on cable...and it was so good! John Voigt and cast put in such a great performance. The drama is very riveting and the final scenes of the movie make one actually shiver. It's a haunting and chilling tale....and an albeit sad one. There are so many good themes riding along throughout: the meaning of freedom, friendship, the beauty of winter. I highly recommend this movie. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande on July 19 2004
Format: DVD
Jon Voight's riveting performance and his battle onboard the train with a prison warden are the most compelling moments in this otherwordly movie about escaped convicts and a railroad employee on a runaway train headed for disaster in the Alaskan wilderness. This film begins with a prison riot -- filmed at an actual prison in Alaska -- and the white hot pace never lets up for a moment...until the closing scene where Voight takes the engine to oblivion.
Along the way, viewers are treated to one of Voight's best performances since "Midnight Cowboy". The cast is comprised of character actors Eric Roberts and John P. Ryan in significant roles with sexpot Rebecca De Mornay playing the railroad employee on board the runaway with convicts Voight and Roberts. They stir up a lot of mayhem running through a red light and crashing with another train and going over a rickety bridge about 100 MPH before facing the inevitable when they are pushed onto a siding with only a fatal end in sight.
This movie has an extraordinarily high intensity level comparable to another great train movie, 1974's "The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three". The intensity and drama never relents throughout the 111 minutes of screen time. The script isn't much and the plot is lean but the action, violence and high voltage footage will keep you locked to the screen during this most exciting movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn Boys on May 21 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an awesome movie for it's time period.Jon Voight & Eric Roberts give stellar "Oscar" nominated performances packed with action,suspense a "powerful climax that will sweep you away"! Manny (Jon Voight) is the toughest convict in a remote Alaskan prison who, along with fellow inmate Buck (Eric Roberts),makes a daring breakout. Hopping a freight train, they head full-steam for freedom, but when the engineer dies of a Heart attack, they find themselves trapped, alone & speeding toward certain disaster. Until, that is, they discover a third passenger, beautiful railroad worker (Rebecca DeMornay) who's just as desperate and just as determined to survive as they are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Dzioba on May 23 2011
Format: DVD
*I bought this DVD at Future Shop but I feel qualified to write a review because I watch it frequently.

I heard about this movie when I was a child in the 1990s because my parents had the soundtrack on tape. I listened to it while growing up because there wasn't much else to listen to on my walkman (wow, I'm old). Of course, by the time I purchased the DVD, the Runaway Train soundtrack by Trevor Jones had become one of my all time favourite soundtracks.

Jon Voight & Eric Roberts play two convicts who escape from an Alaskan maximum security prison and hop on a train to freedom. Unfortunately, they become stuck on the train when the conductor has a heart attack and leaves the train on full speed. While they figure out what to do with the help of a train worker (played by Rebecca De Mornay) they are hunted down by the crazy prison Warden Ranken played by John P. Ryan.

When I began watching the movie, the first thing I noticed was Jon Voight's voice. Like Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight, I couldn't believe that Voight could make a voice like that. While the voice worked, the movie looked good but not great (at first) and I started to feel that the soundtrack had let me down after building me up for so many years. That however changed upon watching the scene titled "Buck's Dream".

On the train, Eric Robert's character talks about what he's going to do now that he's out of prison (go to Mardi Gras & Las Vegas to party) and instead of getting support from Jon Voight's character, he gets an angry "I'll Tell You What You're Gonna Do!" lecture. That monologue by Jon Voight was so convincing and intense it left a permanent mark on me. To me, it is the best movie monologue I have ever heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur F. McVarish on April 14 2001
Format: DVD
Director Konchalovsky has carved out of Alaskan blizzard- blasted "wasteland" and a barrel-assing train escaping to NOWHERE a grim parable about the "life" of Losers. You may admire the director's craft and the fine acting by Voight, Roberts and Ryan but the movie "lacks" ultimate uplift, or even belief in its axiom: the killing blow that does not kill makes one stronger... Yes, Eric Roberts and his girl, Sara, survive. But one gets the impression that Voight/Manny did his final act in DEFIANCE against Renken, more than as redeeming act of heroic charity to his "friends". Voight has "no friends". This is what he intends Buck to learn and his enemy Ryan to understand (about himself, too) as THE TRAIN inexorably races to annihilation. THE RUNAWAY TRAIN does not glorify nihilism nor reflect on NOTHINGness. It simply shows it. The closing frame depicting agonized, hail blasted Manny...his prisoner, Renkin chained inside...hurtling to death is wicked, virtually sickening. Voight's character merely had to press a button... and run...to escape to freedom. He does not. His cry of despair (I AM FREE!) is a lie. The kind of lie that condemns the damned by denying hope and embracing The Beast in bitternes for an "existential thrill". This is what RUNAWAY TRAIN does...
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