Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1985. Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films. Screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker, based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Cinematography by Alan Hume. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan. Music by Trevor Jones. Production Design by Stephen Marsh. Costume Design by Katherine Dover. Film Editing by Henry Richardson. Academy Awards 1985. Cannes Film Festival 1985. Golden Globe Awards 1985.
Exciting prison-break movie stars a terrific Jon Voight and an even better Eric Roberts 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 (Rebecca De Mornay 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.