Runaway Train
Runaway Train (1985)

Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's second American film may well be the only existential adventure flick in Hollywood history. Two prisoners, Manny (Jon Voight) and Buck (Eric Roberts), escape from a desolate Alaskan… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 6, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

"Runaway Train" isn't just bad -- it's bodaciously bad, grotesquely overblown, lurid in its emotion, big ideas on its brain.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The nihilism and the vicious intensity of Mr. Voight's performance here are entirely different from anything else he has done on screen; it's a shame those qualities emerge in such a vigorous but disjointed film.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a great, simple story, and, in the history of action movies, ought to be considered alongside Die Hard and Speed.

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Variety Staff

Wrenchingly intense and brutally powerful, Andrei Konchalovsky's film rates as a most exciting action epic and is fundamentally serious enough to work strongly on numerous levels.

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James Berardinelli

Runaway Train belongs to a rare genre: the intelligent thriller.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A terrific mix of tightly coiled action and psychoanalysis that has no place in a genre film from the '80s, but works splendidly regardless.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Somehow one leaves aside the blatant implausibilities, the coincidences, even Eric Roberts, and takes great pleasure in a breakneck ride to the end of the line.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Runaway Train is a reminder that the great adventures are great because they happen to people we care about.

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Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK

A thunderous proto-Speed with exploitation trappings, it also works as an existential art movie with a serious director and a dusted-off Akira Kurosawa script.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A solid but conventional action thriller like many others made in the 1980s, oscillating unevenly between efficient moments and scenes that simply do not work -… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Jon Voight is a dangerous convict who escapes from an Alaskan prison and hijacks a train. It's quite suspenseful and tragic.
Pierluigi Puccini
The underrated John Voight crafts another stellar, intense, chamaleonic performance. Great and defiant thriller that keeps its best cards for the end, an… More
xGary Xx
A highly regarded prison escape movie set in the frozen north that is far too steeped in melodrama to be believable, although Jon Voight turns in a typically… More
El Hombre Invisible
What an entertaining ride. The dialogue is laughable at times, but what works is the raw storytelling. Loaded with "What's that actor's… More
Dean McKenna
Wrenchingly intense and brutally powerful, director Andrei Konchalovsky's film rates as a most exciting action epic and is fundamentally serious enough to… More

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