Sunday, March 3, 2013

Breakheart Pass (1975)

Director: Tom Gries

Starring: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Charles Durning, Ed Lauter, Bill McKinney, David Huddleston, Roy Jenson, Sally Kirkland

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death rode the rails to Breakheart Pass.

Plot: When a military outpost is struck with a severe outbreak of diphtheria, the authorities send a train loaded with medical supplies and replacement soldiers. As the train is on its way however, a passenger is murdered. And then two passengers; then the entire human cargo of several cars. John Deakin, a man under arrest and being transported to custody, does some digging to find out the reason for the carnage.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Does Charles Bronson shit in the woods?

#63 on Project: Badass Charles Bronson

LEVEL OF BADASSICITY (10 being the highest): 8

Western?  Check.  Bronson?  Check.  Beautiful American West scenery?  Check.  GREAT character actors supporting Bronson?  Check.  Jerry Goldsmith score?  Check.

Seriously?  You're still reading this instead of watching it?  Netflix this sumbitch!  It's a lot of fun.  It starts off nice and easy and intriguing but it doesn't take long before things pick up and it's going full steam (just like a train, get it?).  Bronson's a badass that's got to think his way out of his predicament and the supporting cast cast is a who's who of 70s movie greatness.  Fun score by Jerry Goldsmith.  Most of the picture takes place on a moving train so you've got to have the obligatory fist fight on top of a train bit, and we get one.  The neat thing is it's really Bronson that's fighting a guy on a moving train covered in slippery snow!  He's just too manly to be human.

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