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Runaway Train [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories..... Jan. 5 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars High drama and intensity July 19 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter, existential thriller. April 14 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie!!! Dec 24 2003
From all the movies Andrei Konchalovsky made (including in Russia before and after his American journey) this one is definitely the best. I wonder how much it's due to the script by Akira Kurosawa but in the end a powerful saga about freedom and fate was created. The story is about two convicts running away from the prison but is much more than that. It is full of symbolics. The movie is made in 1985 but it's as watchable today as probably 18 years ago. Jon Voight is phenomenal and Eric Roberts is also very very good. The rest of the cast is not on the same level (especially John P. Ryan, who plays Jon Voight protagonist) but it's probably not that's important. The cinematography is amasing. The scenes of running train in Alaska wilderness are breathtaking. The movie has a lot of catchy phrases. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but VERY watchable! Sept. 20 2003
Let me start by giving you some notes about the DVD. It's a bare- bones disc, with little done to give the purchaser more insight into the movie's production. It only contains the trailer; no added features like production stills, commentary, or even a "making of" page to scroll through. Most people that watch Train liked it, and I for one would liked to have seen some background about the development of the movie.
Quite a decent yarn of two convicts -- one seasoned and numbed of almost all feelings and one rookie that yearns to be accepted -- who meet while imprisoned in Stonehaven Maximum Security Prison, housing the nation's toughest (or most despicable) convicts.
I became curious about Train while thumbing through a movie review book. If you watch this expecting to be disappointed in the movie's plot or characters, you'll most likely enjoy it. If you demand perfection from the production and technical aspects, you'll not be quite as thrilled, and I'll tell you why.
Oscar Manheim (Jon Voight) was a very believable character, and pairing him with Buck McGehee (Eric Roberts) was rather enjoyable. Lacking a solid plan to escape, they just kept digging themselves a bigger hole each time they made a decision to escape Stonehaven Prison, headed by Warden Ranken (John P. Ryan). FYI, "Ranken" is the correct spelling.
I was most surprised by Eric Roberts.... The poor guy has been in the shadow of the career of his sister Julia Roberts and hasn't been nearly as successful in his acting career. Eric developed Buck's character well as a dim- witted felon, convicted of "statustory" rape, as Buck pronounces it. He tries to show a tough exterior in his actions throughout his criminal life, but Sara (Rebecca De Mornay) helps break down that wall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
received the DVD very quickly and it was exactly as promoted and described.
Published 1 day ago by PattyBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Train
Absolutely must watch movie. We rented this movie when it first came out and put it on our must have list. Read more
Published 15 months ago by dvd
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Train
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brooklyn Boys
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All Time Favourite Films!
*I bought this DVD at Future Shop but I feel qualified to write a review because I watch it frequently. Read more
Published on May 23 2011 by Adrian Dzioba
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN A TRUE MAN WANT FREEDOM ... !
When a veritable man Want, he can obtain every things at any moment and nobody can't make something AGAINST ! ... THAT ! Sure ! This movie prove this ! Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by B. ALAIN
5.0 out of 5 stars since age 6
this movie was a new release video rental when i was six. my father rented it and we watched it together. since then its still my all time fav movie. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by M. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Three The Hard Way!
You literally become the Runaway Train when watching this movie. A young Eric Roberts is as cheesy as they come and yet so naive. Read more
Published on June 11 2003 by "girdie410"
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
I first saw Runaway Train on the big screen when I was very young. (I almost wasn't able to see it because it was rated "R") I immediately connnected with it and years... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Still love it, but had one small problem with it.
It's still one of my favorite movies ever, and I would have given 5 stars, but in one scene I noticed some editing from the original vhs version I have. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2002 by jeff schwarz
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