Breakheart Pass

Breakheart Pass

DVD - 2000
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John Deakin is a secret agent posing as a thief on his way to jail. Boarding a special government train in handcuffs, he begins a terrifying journey that brings him face-to-face with death. Various passengers on an 1873 train across the frozen west to Fort Humboldt turn out to have smuggling and murder in mind.


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it is too much to ask a film to duplicate or match the suspense a master storyteller such as Maclean was able to, in the novel of the same name. if you do like the characterizations of mr. Bronson, and ms. Ireland, then that might be reason enough for you to watch this dvd. just don't expect as much dramatic tension as you got from reading the original source, the novel of the same name, by Alistair Maclean.

Sep 17, 2014

A somewhat offbeat Charles Bronson western from the mid-70s, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean ("Guns of Navarone"), who also wrote the screenplay. Bronson plays a mysterious gambler who ends up a prisoner on a train carrying medical supplies through a snow-covered wilderness. But soon people start showing up dead. Call it "Murder on the Occident Express." Like the recent "Snowpiercer," almost all of the action takes place on a train, including a rooftop fight with former boxer Archie Moore. Bronson is tough and cool as always and the fine supporting cast includes his wife Jill Ireland, Richard Crenna, Ben Johnson, and Charles Durning. Score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Lucien Ballard, who also shot "The Wild Bunch" with Johnson. Other Bronson 70s westerns: "The White Buffalo," "From Noon Til Three," "Red Sun."

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