Runaway Train (1985)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1985.  Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films.  Screenplay by , , , based on a screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Exciting prison-break movie stars a terrific  and an even better  as convicts who escape their maximum security surroundings and go on the run. They end up on a train and think themselves bound for glory, but the train’s conductor dies and they are left aboard with a railway worker ( as an Innu girl, if you can believe it) and no brakes. The train continues to speed along as frantic authorities chase after it to stop it and catch the convicts as well as prevent the locomotive from causing a major disaster. Exciting and fast-paced, Andrei Konchalovsky’s impressive feature suffers only from an unnecessary emphasis on heavy symbolism and allegory. This is a fun action movie dressed up to be serious art house stuff, which it isn’t, but it’s still good.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actor (Jon Voight); Best Supporting Actor (Eric Roberts); Best Film Editing

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actor-Drama (Jon Voight)
Nominations:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Supporting Actor (Eric Roberts)

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