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Breakheart Pass [Blu-ray]

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Charles Bronson (Mr. Majestyk) is at his dynamic, heroic best in this suspenseful, action-packed mystery/western based on the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare). With a powerful cast that includes Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Jill Ireland (Breakout), Charles Durning (Tootsie) and Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard). Breakheart Pass throws open the throttle for runaway excitement! At the height of the frontier era, a locomotive races through the Rocky Mountains on a classified mission to a remote Army post. But one by one, the passengers are being murdered! Their only hope is John Deakin (Bronson), a mysterious prisoner-in-transit who must fight for his life - and the lives of everyone on the train - as he uncovers a deadly secret that explodes in a torrent of shocking revelations, explosive brawls and blazing gun battles. Directed by Tom Gries (Will Penny).

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Richard Crenna, Ben Johnson, Jill Ireland, Charles Durning
  • Directors: Tom Gries
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By T O'Brien on May 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Breakheart Pass is a suprisingly good mystery/thriller from a genre you might not normally expect; a western. Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean, the movie begins with a train loaded with troops and medicine stopping in a small town called Myrtle City. The train takes on two passengers, John Deakim, a gambler accused of murder, and Nathan Pearce, a U.S. Marshal. It is revealed the train is traveling to Fort Humboldt to deliver some much needed medical supplies. But soon, dead bodies start appearing, and we realize something more sinister is going on. I was suprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. There are enough plot twists and suprises to keep you entertained, and several good action scenes. Throw in a very catchy Jerry Goldsmith score and how can you lose?

I've said this in other reviews of Bronson movies, but moviegoers often assume Charles Bronson is a one-trick pony, that he can't play anything other than his Paul Kersey Death Wish character, but here is another role that proves otherwise. Bronson plays John Deakim, a gambler accused of murder who knows more than he is letting on during the train trip. Ben Johnson co-stars as U.S. Marshal Pearce, a deputy marshal who finds his way onto the train with Deakim. The strong supporting cast includes Richard Crenna as Governor Fairchild, the governor of the unnamed territory, Jill Ireland as Marica Scoville, a young woman visiting her father, Charles Durning as O'Brien, the railroad represenative, Ed Lauter as Major Claremont, the officer in charge, and Bill McKinney as Peabody, a travelling reverend. The DVD offers a pretty nice looking widescreen presentation and trailers. Don't judge this book by its cover. I didn't think a murder mystery western on a train sounded very good, but I really enjoyed this movie. So for a good mystery/thriller western with a great cast, a good Goldsmith score, and plenty of twists and turns, check out Breakheart Pass!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Reynolds on January 5, 2007
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I remember going to the drive-in with my dad (Neal Clark Reynolds, a top 500 reviewer on Amazon), where this movie was the second of a double header. I was not really interested in seeing a Western, but Dad talked me into watching it, and I was hooked through watching it.

The back-drop is the West, but this is a pure adventure/mystery. It is based on Alistair MacLean's excellent novel (I think MacLean worked on the screenplay). There are changes: there is a triangle between John Deakin (Charles Bronson), Gov. Fairchild (Richard Crenna) and Marcia Scoville (Jill Ireland) in the movie; in the book, Marcia was the niece of the governor, eliminating the triangle facet. Also, the ending differs between the two. But for the most part, it is faithful to the book.

This is an exciting movie, with some plot-twists and hidden identities that would keep you guessing.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RoyalRaider on June 19, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a very intruiging and effective action thriller on board a train. Charles Bronson star's as John Deakin who is arrested for cheating at poker. But Bronson in reality is an undercover agent. The train is occupied by Richard Crenna who is (Governor Fairchild) , Jill Ireland who is on her way to visiting her father , Ben Johnson who is a U.S. Marshall and Ed Lauter who is the Army Major. The plot of this film is this train is carrying medical supplies to an army outpost in Utah and also carries many army soldiers who are to replace soldiers who have been wiped out by a medical disease. However as People start disappearing and dead bodies turn up Bronson begins snooping around and discovers a plot that is in reality a way for the train to get to the Utah outpost so that awaiting Indians can take over boxes of medical supplies but in reality the boxes contain rifles and ammunition and there is a group of outlaws also waiting at the outpost who plan to steal Gold and Silver which happens to be distributed through that particular outpost. There are some holes in the plot but the film is full of action and suspense along with a terrific musical score. The beautiful snow covered landscapes for which the train travels through is astonishing.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kay's Husband on January 26, 2008
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I first saw this movie in early 1976 when released, and have viewed it many other times. Also being a fan of Alistair MacLean's writings, have the book in my library. As most movie fans could guess, significant differences exit between the story in book form and the story brought to the screen. One item especially, in the book two train cars hold nothing but the cavalry horses later needed, but on the screen horses have no role to play in the action aboard the train. And that is interesting because Mr. MacLean wrote the screenplay. However, both the book and the movie, each in it's own venue are still very interesting and entertaining. Was Mr. MacLean rewriting his own novel or did they not want to contend with horses while filming? Who can say, but it works out fine either way.

A couple standout items for me in this movie: the muscial score from Jerry Goldsmith helps to heighten the action and acting performances. Another item is the photography, which captures the deep ravines and tall trail tressels, all backdropped by the green trees and scenic views. A very well managed production, a delight for the eyes of the viewer.

A mystery set in the west using ole #9 tall stack locomotive is a movie almost anyone can enjoy. Especially since so many of these actors have now died. After 30 some years, this picture is still an enjoyable parcel of entertainment for movie viewers.

Watch it and enjoy.

Semper Fi.
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