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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Two prisoners in the Winter break out of prison and hop a train to escape. The conductor falls off dead and the guys are in trouble as the train takes off going faster and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ellison
received the DVD very quickly and it was exactly as promoted and described.Published 15 months ago by PattyBoy
Absolutely must watch movie. We rented this movie when it first came out and put it on our must have list. Read morePublished on July 29 2013 by dvd
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 morePublished on May 21 2013 by Brooklyn Boys
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 morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by B. ALAIN
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 morePublished on July 11 2003 by M. Hoffman
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 morePublished on June 11 2003