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Runaway! (1973)

Not Rated | | Thriller | TV Movie 29 September 1973
A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.

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David Lowell Rich

Writer:

Gerald Di Pego
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Holly Gibson
Ben Murphy ... Les Reever
Ed Nelson ... Nick Staffo
Darleen Carr ... Carol Lerner
Lee Montgomery ... Mark Shedd (as Lee H. Montgomery)
Martin Milner ... John Shedd
Vera Miles ... Ellen Staffo
Ray Danton ... Prof. Jack Dunn
Frank Marth ... Dispatcher
Bing Russell ... Fireman
John McLiam ... Conductor
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Brakeman
Frank Maxwell ... Chief Dispatcher
Kip Niven ... College Man
Laurette Spang ... Coed
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A group of skiers are trapped inside a runaway train hurtling down a mountainside.

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Heart-stopping action as a train with no brakes hurtles toward certain disaster. Starring Ben Johnson, Ben Murphy and Vera Miles.

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Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attentato al Trans American Express See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remember it fondly
8 January 2006 | by jrichardnSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first aired, 33 years ago. Eek! But still it sticks in my mind. I hated the GRAND HOTEL or, if you prefer, TOWERING INFERNO trope of having various folks in various personal crises (the disaffected long-married couple & al.; now that I think of it, GRAND HOTEL may be the only movie of this type I think ever worked, SHIP OF FOOLS included), but the runaway-train problem itself, and how it's solved, still sticks in my mind.

I know it's probably no better than a time-wasting movie, but the ending is a glorious, happy surprise. And Ben Johnson does his patented underacting to bring a smooth, calm centre to what would otherwise be a hysterical disaster movie.

I was pleased to note (thanks, IMDb!) that the screenwriter for this non-epic also wrote one of my favourite recent movies, THE FORGOTTEN.


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