Breakheart Pass

"Doctor Molineaux is dead, two of the Major's best officers are missing, and we can't get through to Myrtle...nobody heard anything, nobody saw anything, and nobody knows anything. It can only get better."   - Deakin

release year: 1975
genre: suspense/action
viewing setting: home DVD, 12/14/15 and 12/27/02

synopsis: As a military train hurtles through the wilderness, people start to die.

impressions: This was a pretty good mystery movie with a dose of action. The premise is that the train is carrying medical supplies and reinforcements for a disease-ridden fort in the middle of nowhere, but nothing is as it seems. This was based on a book by Alistair McLean.

acting: Charles Bronson has a low-action, high-thinking role for a change, and he does a good job with it. Ed Lauter is also good as the Army major. Jill Ireland has a subdued role as one of the few non-involved passengers on the train. Richard Crenna is the governor who thinks he's in charge of everything.

final word: Good suspenseful action.

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