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For the Love of Film...

Welcome to my review website. I love movies, and here’s the place I talk about them. You’ll find my ratings, on a scale of zero to five stars, in all of my posts. For each film, I’ve written either a full critique, which is a longer piece; a compact review, which is usually just a paragraph; or a quick take, which is only a sentence or two. I also post articles about the world of cinema on my film blog.

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Runaway Train

Runaway Train

This combination prison-break and action film feels dated, more from poor production values than for artistic reasons. Both Jon Voight and Eric Roberts earned Academy Award nominations for their performances, and deservedly so. Rebecca De Mornay also gives a nice turn in her role as a lower-echelon railroad employee. Despite several thrills, the film actually works well as a character study of the two escaped convicts. To some, the end might seem a cheat required by a low budget, but I saw it as neatly and strongly poetic.

***¼ (out of *****)

©2018 David R. George III


1985 • 1 HOUR, 51 MINUTES
THE CANNON GROUP, INC. • GOLAN-GLOBUS PRODUCTIONS • NORTHBROOK FILMS

STARRING
• 
JON VOIGHTERIC ROBERTSREBECCA DE MORNAY

ALSO STARRING
• 
KYLE T. HEFFNERJOHN P. RYANT.K. CARTERKENNETH MCMILLAN

WRITTEN BY
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DJORDJE MILICEVIC AND PAUL ZINDEL AND EDWARD BUNKER (SCREENPLAY)
• 
AKIRA KUROSAWA (BASED ON A SCREENPLAY BY)

DIRECTED BY
• 
ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY

1985 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS (3)
• BEST ACTOR: JON VOIGHT (LOST TO
WILLIAM HURT FOR KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN)
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: ERIC ROBERTS (LOST TO
DON AMECHE FOR COCOON)
• BEST FILM EDITING (LOST TO
WITNESS)

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