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End of the Line (1987)

When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.

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Jay Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Everett
Bob Balaban ... Warren Gerber
Barbara Barrie ... Jean Haney
Michael Beach ... Alvin
Judy Benson Judy Benson ... Lucille
Carroll Dee Bland Carroll Dee Bland ... Chester
Wilford Brimley ... Will Haney
Clay Crosby Clay Crosby ... Gas Station Attendant
Dan DeMott Dan DeMott ... Travers
Trey Fancher Trey Fancher ... Tommy
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Thomas Clinton
Armando Garza Armando Garza ... Gonzalez
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... State Trooper
Lillian Grimes Lillian Grimes ... Lucy
Levon Helm ... Leo Pickett
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Storyline

2 worker from a railway company realize that the company want to close the railroad track where they work. They steal an engine and travel thru America to the centre of the company to protest against the closing. While travelling they have a lot of adventurous moments. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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In the name of progress ... one magnificent step backward.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fibra de Heróis See more »

Filming Locations:

Benton, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000, 30 August 1987

Gross USA:

$25,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton receives a "Thanks" credit, as most of this production was shot on location in his home state. Longtime Clinton family friend and fellow Arkansan Mary Steenburgen co-stars. See more »

Goofs

The idea that a major rail company would suddenly become an air freight company overnight is completely unthinkable. Railroads make most of their money hauling material in bulk, which includes vast amounts of coal. Not only would coal be impossible to ship by air, but so would other heavy bulk materials such as ore, steel, lumber, chemicals, grain, scrap metals, and even heavy machinery. Railroads excel at moving the most heaviest of goods efficiently and have yet to be proved obsolete by any other mode of transport in this field. The only competition air is to rail is that of passengers and time-sensitive mail and packages, but "Southland" is said to be doing only "air freight." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Will Haney: You fool.
[dragging him off the railroad tracks]
Will Haney: You pretty near bought the farm, you drunken old son of a bitch.
Hobo: The hell I did.
[laughing and drinking]
Will Haney: You lay around on them railroad tracks and you'll have no legs, by golly.
Hobo: Well, at least I would have matched set.
[laughing boisterously]
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Soundtracks

I'm Alright When I'm Drinking
Written & Sung by John Wilf
Performed by Ayce Country Band
Recorded & Mixed by Ed Bannon & Rody Hassano at Taj Soundworks
Using the Synclavier® Digital Audio System
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Too many flaws.
18 October 2018 | by casablancavicSee all my reviews

There are simply too many flaws once the train departs to Chicago and they arrive in the windy city.

The plot gets lost 15 or so minutes in and gets worse as it continues.

Complete with lack of knowledge about time and distance and continuity and overall logic.

What could have been very good with a plausible storyline turned into more science fiction than the entire Star Wars / Star Trek franchise.

Obviously the writers didn't do enough research and thinking in any capacity. Using any real knowledge would have stopped this story dead in it's tracks.

If the theme of "sticking it to the man" was supposed to shine through...it sorely didn't.

This failed miserably - and the good actors had small roles (which is a good thing).

Had Kevin Bacon and a small handful of actors taken on any larger scope of this film, it would have truely killed their careers.

Wilford Brimley didn't have to worry - as he was looking at going to the other side anyway, so this was just something for him to pass time with.

Whatever potential this movie had, disappeared and never came back to reality.

End of the Line is really end of the line...there's nowhere for it to go and once you get there - you wonder why you decided to even take the chance.


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