Breakheart Pass

Breakheart Pass

Tom Gries (1976)

A Certificate


Our Score
In this inconsequential Alistair MacLean caper, Charles Bronson plays an undercover agent on the trail of gunrunners and running into a murder mystery. And, if that wasn't enough, the plot is thickened by an outbreak of diphtheria. There are more red herrings than a chef could wave a skillet at, for this is really Agatha Christie in western garb, complete with a wonderful old steam train that steals every scene in which it appears. A pity that it's Bronson, not Burt Reynolds, for this pretty daft enterprise should have sent itself up. Ben Johnson, Jill Ireland and Richard Crenna coast through it.


An undercover agent tries to solve a series of murders on board a train transporting US Cavalry troops and medical supplies to an isolated and disease-stricken military outpost. Murder mystery Western, adapted by Alistair MacLean from his own novel, starring Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Jill Ireland, Richard Crenna and Charles Durning.

Cast & Crew

John Deakin Charles Bronson
Nathan Pearce Ben Johnson (1)
Richard Fairchild Richard Crenna
Marcia Scoville Jill Ireland
Frank O'Brien Charles Durning
Major Claremont Ed Lauter
Dr Molyneux David Huddleston
Banlon Roy Jenson
Jackson Casey Tibbs
Carlos Archie Moore
Henry Joe Rapp
Captain Oakland Reed Morgan
Lieutenant Newell Robert Rothwell
Bellew Rayford Barnes
Rafferty Scott Newman
Ferguson Eldon Burke
Reverend Peabody Bill McKinney
Director Tom Gries
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Swearing, edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD