John Voight is excellent.
Excellent amd unknown unappreciated film, John Voight is very good.
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This is one of the best films ive seen in a long long time, the acting is brilliant aswell as the directing!! A*
Runaway Train (DVD 2002)
Jon Voight plays an escaped convict from an Alaskan maximum security prison who planned his escape along with Buck (Eric Roberts) another convict who works in the prison's laundry room and conspires to smuggle Manny (Voight) out (who reluctantly allows Buck to join him). After a freezing trek across country they arrive at a railyard, the two board a freight train and they head for freedom. But at that moment, the trains engineer dies of a heart attack & they find themselves speeding toward certain disaster without an engineer onboard. Neither the two convicts nor the railway controllers are aware that the train is now a "runaway". Picking up speed all the time both Manny & railroad staff suspect something is wrong, & once the controllers discover it is a runaway and that they cannot stop it (the automated brakes were burned out since the throttle was jammed at full), they attempt to keep the tracks clear for the runaway and plan to derail it, assuming nobody alive is left on the train. But they soon learn that the train is not unmanned when a railway worker who they have just instructed to switch the train to a dead-end reports that someone on the train is blowing the whistle (Sara). The persuing Warden Ranken suspects the escaped convicts are aboard the train after the state police discover prison clothes at the railyard. The fugitives and Sara on board attempt to stop the train. They are able only to slow the train, but they cannot halt the train completely. Meanwhile the train is persuded through some breathtaking scenery by the Warden in a helicopter. Manny is determined not to return to prison, even if it means his own death. This leads to the film's conclusion when after being switched onto a dead-end siding Manny makes a perilous leap to the lead engine leaving Buck and Sara behind. Manny climbs onto the lone engine in the freezing cold to await warden Rankin and his fate ......... The whole film is well paced and well cast and acted, but definately picks up speed once they've escaped and keeps you interested throughout. The train and setting as much the stars as the actors. saw this first on TV 20 years ago and a few times since, so well worth a few ££ for DVD ! would still rate it 10/10.Read full review