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Breakdown
     

Breakdown

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Director: Jonathan Mostow

Cast: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan

 

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In this suspense thriller, a man discovers the unexpected danger of trusting a good Samaritan. Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are driving through the New Mexico desert en route to California when an incident with a lunatic driver causes their jeep to break down in the middle of nowhere. Jeff is trying to fix the vehicle when an

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In this suspense thriller, a man discovers the unexpected danger of trusting a good Samaritan. Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are driving through the New Mexico desert en route to California when an incident with a lunatic driver causes their jeep to break down in the middle of nowhere. Jeff is trying to fix the vehicle when an apparently friendly truck driver, Red Barr (J.T. Walsh), stops by to offer help. Red tells the couple that there's a diner a few miles down the road where they can call for help; Jeff decides to stay with the car while Amy hops a ride with Red to see if she can find a mechanic to help them. After a long wait, Jeff is able to get the jeep running again, and he discovers that the diner is indeed a few miles down the road. But everyone there claims they've seen no sign of Amy, and Red claims to know nothing about picking her up. When Jeff attempts to file a missing person's report, he discovers mysterious disappearances are disturbingly common in this stretch of the desert; he soon realizes that someone has kidnapped his wife, but he's not sure who, or for what purpose.

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Never mind the B-movie premise, Breakdown is a real jolt of tension, involving the viewer from the start and providing satisfying twists through the end. Feeding off the viewer's secret fears of being stranded in a foreign, hostile environment, Breakdown utilizes a clean, lean script to depict the deterioration of Kurt Russell's henpecked mind. Anyone who's had a normal day unravel into a crisis will sympathize with Russell as he begins to recognize that his wife (Kathleen Quinlan) has vanished, and everyone who might help him lacks either the knowledge or the willingness to do so. Russell brilliantly harnesses the impotent anger that accompanies such a situation, especially when the great character actor J.T. Walsh stares him down and effortlessly shrugs off suspicion in front of a state trooper. Left to his own impulses -- those of a city type hopelessly out of his league -- Russell kicks off a wild, make-it-up-as-you-go strategy to locate his wife. His path, fueled by sweat and desperation, is always believable. Jonathan Mostow has crafted a solid thriller with minimum flash, all the more appreciable for its self-awareness and eagerness to work within human scale. By the time Mostow stages the showy climax, his prior restraint has earned him the right, and the armrest gripping is well deserved.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0032429067531
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Jeff Taylor
J.T. Walsh Red Barr
Kathleen Quinlan Amy Taylor
M.C. Gainey Earl
Jack Noseworthy Billy
Rex Linn Sheriff Boyd
Ritch Brinkley Al
Moira Harris Arleen
Kim Robillard Deputy Len Carver
Thomas Kopache Calhoun
Jack McGee Bartender

Technical Credits
Jonathan Mostow Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Seth Arnett Stunts
Artist Robinson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Brechin Editor
Harry Colomby Executive Producer
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Terry Dresbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Fernandez Executive Producer
James M. Halty Stunts
Carol Lewis Casting
Lee Mayman Art Director
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Sam Montgomery Screenwriter
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Kevin Stitt Editor

Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 31 chapter(s) covering 01:33:05
1. Opening credits [:15]
2. A Near Miss [2:30]
3. Last Chance For Gas [1:01]
4. Breakdown [3:47]
5. Hitching A Ride [2:14]
6. Fixing The Problem [:40]
7. Belle's Diner [3:24]
8. Mistaken Identity [1:09]
9. No Visible Evidence [3:00]
10. Missing Persons [2:44]
11. Back At Belle's [5:04]
12. Billy Knows [1:20]
13. In Close Pursuit [1:26]
14. Down River [2:41]
15. The Exact Dollar Amount [1:55]
16. Downtown Brackett [2:38]
17. Turning The Tables [3:39]
18. Officer Down [1:11]
19. Texaco Truckstop [3:34]
20. Stowaway [3:59]
21. Home Early [2:47]
22. Unloading Truck [5:02]
23. Armed And Dangerous [:55]
24. Den Of Thieves [2:58]
25. Getting Free [2:00]
26. Run For It [1:58]
27. Drive For Your Life [1:16]
28. The Bridge [3:29]
29. Over The Edge [2:54]
30. Revenge [:58]
31. End Credits [1:10]

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish! Plenty of action and suspense.