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Runaway Train (1986)

Jon Voight , Eric Roberts , Andrey Konchalovskiy  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan
  • Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy
  • Writers: Edward Bunker, Akira Kurosawa, Djordje Milicevic, Hideo Oguni, Paul Zindel
  • Producers: Henry T. Weinstein
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792838424
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Runaway Train" on IMDb

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Tearing up the track at 100 miles-per-hour, Runaway Train features hair-raising footage (Leonard Maltin) and spectacular, OscarÂ(r)-nominated* performances by Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. Packed with action, suspense and a powerful climax that will sweep you away (The New YorkDaily News), Runaway Train is an intense...stunning...astonishing (Roger Ebert) super-thriller! Manny (Voight) is the toughest convict in a remote Alaskan prison who, along with fellow inmate Buck (Roberts), makes a daring breakout. Hopping a freight train, they head full-steam for freedom, but when the engineer dies of a heart attack, they find themselves trapped, alone and speeding toward certain disaster. Until, that is, they discover a third passenger, a beautiful railroad worker (Rebecca DeMornay) who's just as desperateand just as determined to surviveas they are! *1985: Actor (Voight), Supporting Actor (Roberts)

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Through All Obstacles... April 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a railfan -- i try to go to virtually every "train" movie that i hear about. I've seen some mediocre films ("Breakheart Pass"), some Awful Films ("The Cassandra Crossing") and some Pretty Good films ("Silver Streak") that way.
And i saw "Runaway Train" -- an Incredible Film.
With Jon Voight nominated for Both Oscar and Golden Globe (which he won) as Best Actor, and Eric Roberts nominated for both Oscar and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor, and featuring Rebecca deMornay in a decidedly UN-glamourous role, this is obviously not your standard action film.
And when one adds that the original screenplay was by Akira Kurosawa, one realises that this is NOT the usual Golan-Globus production at all, at all.
In brief, the story is simple -- two cons, one old and experienced and dangerous and one young, cocky and ignorant, break out of a max security prison in Alaska, hop a train headed for the Lower 48, and find themselves (along with a female railroad worker) on a hair-raising ride to nowhere on a runaway train with no brakes and no engineer.
But the performances and the nuances make this film Something Special Indeed.
Voight's portrayal of Manny, the man so dangerous that for three years his cell door was *welded* shut, is scary, compelling and sympathetic by turns. "Anything that doesn't kill me makes me stronger" is his motto.
Eric Roberts's performance as the cocky young loser, destined to spend major parts of his life inside, who can't even recognise good advice when Manny practically rubs his nose in it, is at almost the same level, and honestly deserving of the "Best Supporting" nominations he earned for it.
John P.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kurosawa Existentialism February 15, 2000
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"Runaway Train" is a powerhouse of action and philosophy that grabs the veiwer and never lets go -- even after the film's over. John Voigt stars as "Manney," a hardened criminal who responds to his warden's threats with the classic line "You do what you have to do, and I do what I have to do, and we'll just see what happens." During a fateful escape from an Alaskan maximum security prison, Manney and a neophyte convict end up on a runaway train barrelling through the tundra at over 80 mph. As the plot develops, you realize this is a deeper movie than your average disaster flick. The ugly, frozen, unstoppable locomotive is an allegory for life, and the Runaway Train is actually Manny. He storms along, a furious juggernaught who escapes our prison of culture and comfort, and appears like a crazy man because he's able to face the ugly facts of life, and fights convention instead of accepting it. As the characters race on, Manny delivers salvation to those who don't deserve the punishment of reality, and force-feeds it to the man who does. An awesome movie that makes you think about your existence and how you accept it.
-- Taibunsuu
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIBERTY TRAIN April 28, 2000
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RUNAWAY TRAIN is one of the rare good movies produced by the Laurel & Hardy of Hollywood production : Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. An original story of japanese director Akira Kurosawa filmed by Andrei Kontchalovsky, RUNAWAY TRAIN, 14 years after its theatrical release, is still steaming.
With a breath-taking rythm, Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and a Rebecca DeMornay in her prime brunette youth, the Alaskan landscapes that Kontchalovsky transforms in a Siberian goulag, this movie is one of the more brilliant cat and mouse films of the last decades.
Terribly pessimistic movie also since Jon Voight and Eric Roberts will only taste an illusion of liberty. An almighty God, the informatician that controls the railtracks, is leading the runaway train in any direction he wants. The shadow of Akira Kurosawa can be recognized behind this idea of men believing to be free while the Fate has already marked the end of the journey.
The last scene of RUNAWAY TRAIN is a lyrical masterpiece worthy to be compared to the most visionary works of german director Werner Herzog or to the silent films of King Vidor. A haunting vision.
Superb audio and video transfers. Attractive menu and a theatrical trailer.
A frozen DVD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic, suspenseful, excellent script and scenery January 3, 2007
Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay turn in superb gripping performances. They come from 3 different worlds, yet are trapped on this runaway train trying to save their own lives. The two prison escapees (Voight and Roberts) display a wonderful dichotomy of personality - brutal, savage inmates who would kill to get away, while at the same time showing themselves to be decent protective people in their treatment of De Mornay who is a railroad employee who just happened to get stuck on this ride with them.

All the "railroady" scenes are very very good. The mechanical "facts" about the locomotives, the track, and their various attempts to stop or reroute the train, are all done very well and done believably.

The film gains a lot of drama from Alaskan wilderness, the frigid outdoor action scenes, and the big machines rocking and careening through the mountains.

I caught this movie by accident on late-night TV once, and bought this DVD because the movie is so good that I got sick and tired of waiting for it to come around on TV again.

The language is a little coarse, but not unrealistically so. Unlike current worthless Hollywood trash that peppers its scrips with the "F" word purely for shock value, the tough talk in this movie is completely believable and appropriate.

If you like drama, complex personalities, dialog, and a story line where you have to pay attention (instead of just watching cuties and car crashes), buy this movie. Send your drinking buddies and your girlfriend home, turn off the lights, and watch this movie in solitude. You won't be sorry.

If Hollywood kept making movies like this, I'd go to the movies.

I don't hand out 5-star ratings to ANYTHING lightly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Voight's Greatest Performance
I discovered Runaway Train about 4 years back during the midst of a snowstorm that had me stuck in my apartment for roughly 72 hours. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Argyle Ronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as well put together as "On The Waterfront" or "East of Eden" but...
A must for fans of character studies in film. Not as well put together as "On The Waterfront" or "East of Eden" but a great character film by a remarkable Russian... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Richard M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by George King
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS
Published 3 months ago by RUBEN RIVERA
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold and fast
Action packed thriller
All good actors and you actually feel like you are riding on the runaway train with them.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This movie was exciting and gripping from the time the main characters got on the train.
I had seen this before in the theater, but had forgotten many of the details. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BOODA
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Once you get past the lightweight beginning (necessary, to set up the rest of the film) and into the the heart of the movie where it boasts Voight's and Roberts' performances, you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sabbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Train dvd
One of my husbands favorite movies. He is a train buff and you have plenty of trains in this movie. Exciting and suspenseful.
Published 4 months ago by Linda M..
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Jon Voight is awesome. One of my most favorite train movies. Right up there with Runaway Train with Denzel Washington.
Published 5 months ago by commuterguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard ass
This DVD is great ! I like it because it is made in bad weather . It shows what one man can do if he is motivated
Published 5 months ago by Rod
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