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Actors: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 33min

Tautly directed and superbly photographed, this crowd-pleasing thriller from 1997 is indebted to Steven Spielberg's Duel, but more closely resembles Dead Calm in its strengths and weaknesses. Kurt Russell plays a stressed-...  more »


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Actors: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Creators: Artist W. Robinson, Dino De Laurentiis, Harry Colomby, Jeffrey Sudzin, Jonathan Fernandez, Sam Montgomery
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Kurt Russell, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/01/1998
Original Release Date: 05/02/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 05/02/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Breakdown: 90 minutes of a non stop thrilling ride
Joseph A. Mays | San antonio, TX | 03/19/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I found out that this movie is only 90 minutes, I thought: what a rip off!! But within 5 minutes of the movie I was on the edge of my seat until the credits rolled up at the end.
I guess the most thrilling element is that it could really happen. The movie does not rely on computer graphics or bloody violence in order to create the suspense. The story focuses on a young couple who are traveling across country heading to California for a new life. While in Arizona(at least that is what most license plates show)on an open stretch of road, their car breaks down.
A friendly truck driver stops in order to help and offer a free ride. The couple agree that the wife should go and the husband waits on her and the tow truck. Once he discovers what caused the breakdown he goes to the agreed upon meeting site, Bell's Diner. However, he gets no answers from the locals at the diner nor the truck driver who gave his wife a ride. A series of phone calls to police do no good, so he must find out for himself what really happened. The more he finds out the more danger he comes across and he soon finds out that his breakdown and his wife's disappearance were no accident. There is no real violence but viewers should be prepared for strong language."
Fine thriller with believable plot twists, exciting climax
Libretio | 10/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)


(USA - 1997)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Digital

After their car breaks down in open country, a married couple (Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) are pitched into mortal danger when Quinlan disappears after accepting help from a sinister trucker (J.T. Walsh).

Well-scripted thriller, in which Russell and Quinlan become entangled in a ghoulish extortion plot after falling prey to some less than savory characters (I'll say no more). Believable plot twists lead to a dynamic climax which should have most viewers rivetted to their seats, and which probably accounted for director Jonathan Mostow being hired to direct TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003). Tense, exciting stuff, worth a look.
Watch out!
Richard R. Dammar | Brooklyn Park, MN United States | 09/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't watch this movie before you are leaving on vacation, it might make you turn around! Kurt Russel nails his part of being a "Normal guy" facing the bad guys. He reacts like you or I might in a the same situation. All he wants is to get out of this place with his wife. I won't tell you how it ends, you'll have to find that out for yourself...."