Runaway Train

Runaway Train

Andrei Konchalovsky (1985)

18 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 T K Carter
Eddie MacDonald Kenneth McMillan
Ruby Stacey Pickren
Conlan Walter Wyatt
Jonah Edward Bunker
Al Turner Reid Cruikshanks
Short con Michael Lee Gogin
Old con Hank Worden
Boxer Danny Trejo
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