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Or Murder on the Orient Express Goes West as a train ride through mountain country in winter turns dangerous as bodies start to go missing mysteriously. Charles Bronson is his usual stoic self, unflappable, heading a cast that doesn't give away any clues as to who done it until the final reel. For my money actually better than the Agatha Christie affair.
bronson is one of my heroes
Charles Bronson is a fine actor who makes it look easy with his calm demeanor and quiet intensity. To be able to make it look easy like he always does underscores his ability. We don't appreciate fine actors like him anymore. The scenery of the movie is sweeping and breathtaking. The supporting actors are experienced on all levels and a credit to the film, especially Charles Durning (playing a train conductor) and Jill Ireland. The chemistry between her and Bronson is real, if not a bit stiff. The plot has been characterized as non complex, simple, and fun...which might be fair, however it is not a bad plot nor is it boring or disappointing. Compare to the meaningless CG movies of today with little real scenery and meaningful dialogue. Enjoy the movie and the ensemble of fine actors. Shortly after this film Bronson was sick with cancer and died. Watching him and appreciating his different, hardworking style makes one appreciate him more and mourn his untimely passing again.
My personal favorite Bronson film.
Fun western on a train.
An all star cast, fabulous scenery and cinematography, and tight script from the prolific allistar maclean make for a can't miss thriller
Though it is far from the deepest film in terms of plot and script this western adventure is at least entertaining, engrossing and not headbangingly infuriating. It also has a solid cast, I like the score by Jerry Goldsmith, like the fact it is primarily set aboard a train, the action is great and it has some tense moments. So nothing revolutionary but nonetheless a finely crafted film that isn't boring.
A little bit of everything but at the end we just want to see Bronson kicking arse and while not death wish it's passable.
This murder mystery western aboard a train starts off pretty promising, but as the reveal uncovers itself it gets confusing and chaotic by the film's end. The first half is suspenseful and twisty, the second half is your usual shoot em up western fare. Breakheart Pass is reasonable entertainment, I only watched it for Charles Bronson.
Breakheart Pass is a great action western whodunit from 1976 starring Charles Bronson that was directed by Tom Gries, who also directed Bronson in Breakout the year before. The movie takes place on a train that is carrying a group of men and soldiers and transporting medical supplies to a diphtheria-invested military outpost during the early twentieth century. When the passengers suddenly start getting bumped off one by one, it's up to John Deacon (Bronson) to figure out what's really going on with this group of people. The movie was based on a novel and a screenplay by Alistair MacLean, but it was unusual in that it was MacLean's attempt at a mystery plot with some action thrown in for good measure. The movie itself probably doesn't have as strong a tone as its makers intended it to have, but it's still a fun movie with some interesting twists and turns, albeit slightly predictable. There's also some very impressive stunt work and set pieces, including Bronson fighting with one of the bad guys on the roof of an actual moving train. The film isn't a straight-ahead western, mystery thriller, or even action movie. Even Charles Bronson isn't his typical hard-nosed self. Instead it feels like a much lighter affair overall, even though at times the material would suggest otherwise. I'd consider the film to be a strong B movie, but with a little more class than usual. It's also another great actioner with Charles Bronson, if nothing else.