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Breakheart Pass (1975)

1 rating: 3.0
Action & Adventure and Westerns movie directed by Tom Gries

Adventure movies are hard to come by these days--they've been replaced by action movies, which favor fast cars and big explosions over the dangers of nature and explorations of human character.Breakheart Passstars Charles Bronson as a mysterious petty … see full wiki

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Director: Tom Gries
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Take a ride on Charlie's train

  • Jun 13, 2008
I was given this movie as a Christmas present this past year by my mother, who knows I am a huge Charles Bronson fan. Sadly, it took me quite a while to watch this film until the other day. I have to say that I was very impressed. I for one love Mr. Bronson's vigilant films and "Breakheart Pass" isn't a gritty urban revenge film, but isn't a total departure from the Charlie we all know and love.

As for the rest of the cast, "Breakheart Pass" had Richard Crenna, Ed Lauter (who was also in Death Wish 3), Charles Durning and Jill Ireland (Bronson's wife and in many of his other films). Ultimately, the acting in this movie was really good.

The premise of the movie is rather simple; a train is bringing medical supplies to an area that is infested with disease. On this locomotive are a Governor and other high status individuals whose mission is to bring these medical supplies to aid the land and replace the soldiers who fell to the disease.

Now you might be wondering where good old Charlie fits in, well he plays a (somewhat) scoundrel who is wanted by law enforcement in San Francisco and since the train is going that way, the "good Samaritans" figure they will bring him to "the law" in California. Yet during the journey, people start turning up dead. This sets the stage for a great movie.

I will admit, the movie starts out a bit slow but picks up quickly. I was surprised how this movie was more mystery than western. Of course the movie has that western flare due to the time period, but I felt the mystery really drove this motion picture.

There was lots of adventure and action, also a couple of dummies (which in many cases looks better than CGI in modern movies). Also I felt this movie was quite brutal despite the PG rating.....times have changed. Look for the fight sequence on top of the train, one of the best scenes in the film. I would love to know just where this movie was filmed, absolutely beautiful landscape.

Overall "Breakheart Pass" was a great mystery, a great western, a great adventure and a great performance by Charles Bronson. Now if only I could be a smooth as Charlie B, I wouldn't have to work full time.

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