18 certificateRunaway Train is a Film programme that first aired in 1985 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Runaway Train is a 4 star programme

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Runaway Train (1985)

Directed by
Andrei Konchalovsky

It may be more than 20 years since this tough, taut thriller was first released, but it's still a gripping ride that rarely comes off the rails.

The premise is simple. Manny (Jon Voight) is incarcerated for life in a maximum security prison, isolated in the snowy wastes of Alaska. The jail is nigh impossible to escape from, but surprisingly Manny, along with fellow prisoner, Buck (Eric Roberts) succeed. Their delight is short-lived though; having escaped, the prisoners now need to survive. Frankly in this nightmare world of snow, ice and bitter winds, their chances look pretty slim, unless they can make a difficult trek to a locomotive depot and hitch a ride on a train. Against all odds, the pair reach the depot and clamber aboard the locomotive. And that's where their troubles really begin...

The train pulls out from the depot's sidings, and gradually accelerates, reaching breakneck speed. It turns out that the driver has suffered a fatal heart attack and the train is now racing out of control through the icy wilderness. It takes a while for Manny and Buck to clock what's going on, and all hell breaks loose when they do. The duo - together with a train engineer (Rebecca De Mornay) - find themselves trapped on the runaway train. A tremendous three-way physical battle and psychological drama develops, played out against a dynamic background of collapsing railway bridges and train crashes.

Back at the prison, the vindictive warden (Kyle T. Heffner) has taken the escape very personally indeed. The railroad signalmen are powerless to stop the train, so he pursues the prisoners in a helicopter, intent on revenge...

Voight is quite superb as violent mad-dog Manny, Roberts puts in a great performance as the dumb and equally violent Buck, DeMornay provides solid support, acting as a buffer between the two men, while Barstow is decidedly chilling. A tremendous, must-see thriller.

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Also known as "À Bout de Course", "El Tren de la Muerte", "Expresso Para o Inferno"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1985

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Israel

Filmed in Colour


Image for Jon VoightJon Voight...Oscar 'Manny' Manheim
Eric Roberts...Buck
Image for Rebecca de MornayRebecca de Mornay...Sara
Kyle T. Heffner...Frank Barstow
John Saint Ryan...Ranken
T.K. Carter...Dave Prince
Kenneth McMillan...Eddie MacDonald
Stacey Pickren...Ruby
Walter Wyatt...Conlan
Edward Bunker...Jonah
Reid Cruickshanks...Al Turner
Dan Wray...Fat con
Michael Lee Gogin...Short con
John Bloom...Tall con
John Otrin...Cut con