Runaway Train

Runaway Train

Andrei Konchalovsky (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This fast-paced thriller about two convicts whose bid for freedom becomes a desperate battle for survival aboard a runaway train is based on a screenplay co-written by celebrated Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. And that's what takes it a notch above the average Hollywood action film, as Jon Voight and Eric Roberts's prisoners have far more depth than your typical gung-ho heroes. Both landed Oscar nominations, as did Henry Richardson, whose dynamic editing gives Andrei Konchalovsky's superior direction the breakneck pace that will keep you on the edge of your seat. John P Ryan as a sadistic warden and Rebecca De Mornay as a trapped passenger also rise to the occasion.


A hardened criminal and his accomplice escape from a high-security prison in Alaska and stow away on board a freight train, unaware it is driverless and speeding out of control. Action adventure, starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay and Kyle T Heffner. Based on a screenplay by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

Cast & Crew

Manny Jon Voight
Buck Eric Roberts
Sara Rebecca De Mornay
Frank Barstow Kyle T Heffner
Ranken John P Ryan
Dave Prince TK Carter
Eddie MacDonald Kenneth McMillan
Ruby Stacey Pickren
Director Andrei Konchalovsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cannon Film Dists (UK) LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray