Runaway Train

D: Andrei Konchalovsky
Cannon/Northbrook (Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus)
US 1985
111 mins


W: Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel & Edward Bunker [based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa]
DP: Alan Hume
Ed: Henry Richardson
Mus: Trevor Jones

Jon Voight (Oscar 'Manny' Mannheim), Eric Roberts (Buck McGeehy), Rebecca DeMornay (Sara), Kyle T. Heffner (Frank Barstow)

The title says it all. This formulaic, cliche-ridden action potboiler is lifted above the usual tedium by a good pair of performances from Jon Voight and Eric Roberts as two escape convicts who board the out-of-control vehicle.
Considering the rest of Cannon Films output during the 1980's, this film actually ranks amongst the production groups best, but that's not saying it's a particularly good film.
The two male stars both received Oscar nominations, incredibly rare for a film of this type of genre and I have to admit that I really don't think either performance is particularly special.
It's probably amongst the best films which were released by the Cannon Film Group, but that's not saying much.

Jon Voight in Runaway Train
Jon Voight in Runaway Train