Rails & Ties

Rails & Ties

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Director: Alison Eastwood

Cast: Alison Eastwood, Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer


Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, and Miles Heizer star in director Alison Eastwood's tale of two families locked into an emotional -- and physical -- collision course. There once was a time when Tom and Megan Stark had all the time in the world…  See more details below


Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, and Miles Heizer star in director Alison Eastwood's tale of two families locked into an emotional -- and physical -- collision course. There once was a time when Tom and Megan Stark had all the time in the world to take their dream vacation and start a family, but these days the couple's marriage is suffering and their time appears to be running short. Megan has been diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness, and when the prospect of losing his wife becomes too much to bear, railroad engineer Tom seeks escape in his work. On the tracks Tom is in control; all the routes are predetermined and he knows he'll eventually arrive at his destination. But sometimes even the most predictable events can go suddenly awry, and when Tom's train hits a car that was parked on the tracks by a suicidal mother, his life is plunged into ruin. While there was no way that Tom could have possibly stopped the train on time, the grieving conductor's woes are suddenly compounded upon realizing that he may lose his job because of the accident. Not only that, but the deceased woman's son, Davey, is consumed by the guilt that he could do nothing to prevent the accident, and he now places the blame for his mother's death squarely on Tom. But not all sad stories have to end in tragedy, and perhaps in the aftermath of this fateful accident Megan could receive a second chance at fulfilling her dreams, Tom could learn to open his heart before he is consumed by bitterness, and Davey could finally learn the true meaning of family.

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Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Tom Stark
Marcia Gay Harden Megan Stark
Miles Heizer Davey Danner
Marin Hinkle Renee
Eugene Byrd Otis Higgs
Bonnie Root Laura Danncer,Laura Danner
Steve Eastin N.B. Garcia
Laura Ceron Susan Garcia
Margo Martindale Judy Neasy
Kathryn Joosten Mrs. Brown
Steven M. Porter Howie Pugh
Jim Cody Williams Vince the Engineer
Kerri Randles Rosanna
Stephen Peace Bartender
Robert Harvey Administrator #1
Michael Otis Administrator #2
Ernest Harden Official #1
Mike McCaul Official #2
Maya Goldsmith Sheila
Michael Raynor Detective Christian Fox
Micky Levy Detective Ann Crane
John Nielsen Dr. Offenberger
Dennis Napolitano Piano Teacher
Mary Beth McDade News Reporter
Brian Bogulski Workman #1
Jade Marx Nurse #1
Nathan Kornelis Father
Dalton Stumbo Child

Technical Credits
Alison Eastwood Director
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Katie Carroll Asst. Director
Kyle Eastwood Score Composer
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Huffman Casting
Micky Levy Screenwriter
Robert Lorenz Producer
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Moore Co-producer
James Murakami Production Designer
Donald Murphy Asst. Director
Peer Oppenheimer Producer
Steve Riley Special Effects Supervisor
Gary D. Roach Editor
Misty Rosas Stunts
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Michael Stevens Score Composer
Barrett Stuart Producer
Nancy Thurston Stunts
Jay Wejebe Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rails & Ties
1. Sad News [4:56]
2. To Make Us Happy [4:15]
3. Brace for Impact [2:39]
4. Complicated Situation [5:08]
5. Dealing With Death [4:50]
6. Way Things Worked Out [3:09]
7. Runaway [3:54]
8. Giving Up [7:42]
9. Please Don't Go [2:57]
10. Let Him Stay [3:51]
11. I Had to Know [4:58]
12. Turnaround [4:15]
13. It Feels Good [2:54]
14. Threesome [6:07]
15. Pretending [2:57]
16. I Forgive You [6:01]
17. Gray Area [1:38]
18. Unwanted Visitor [5:02]
19. No Regrets [3:28]
20. The Hearing [2:38]
21. God's Punishment [4:19]
22. Final Promise [4:36]
23. In This Together [4:33]
24. End Credits [3:44]


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Rails & Ties 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RAILS & TIES, under the guidance of first time director Alison Eastwood, tackles an implausible subject of multiple tragedies resulting in repairing personal breaks and with the able assistance of a groups of excellent actors makes a finely tune, sensitive study of little lives struggling against major odds. It is well conceived, well written (Micky Levy), well acted and sincerely moving. Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon) is a train engineer, married to his job as well as being married to his nurse wife Megan (Marcia Gay Harden) who is facing the ugly fact that her breast cancer is terminal. The cancer has spread beyond Megan's body into the tenuous space that keeps a marriage glued: Megan attempts to hide her desperate need for emotional support by continuing to work as a nurse and Tom takes on extra train runs to avoid the reality that face him at home. The other side of the story is equally sad: young Davey Danner (Miles Heizer) cares of his psychologically shattered mother (Bonnie Root) and unknowingly accompanies her on a jaunt to 'see the train' - a ploy well planned by the suicidal mother to drive in front of an oncoming train to end her life along with Davey's. The conductor of the train is of course Tom Stark, and when Tom first sees the car on the tracks, he keeps to company policy that recommends gradual slowing rather than the danger of an abrupt stop: the result is the death of Davey's mother but Davey escapes the crash while trying to pull his mother from the car. The tragedies mount: Davey is left homeless, being placed in a foster home run by the cruel 'mom' (Margo Martindale) only to escape to find the 'killer' of his mother Tom is put on leave for the incident Megan gets the final word that she has very little time left and is ready to leave the distant Tom. It is this inadvertent entrance of Davey into the lives of Tom and Megan that results in a healing of three souls who are desperate for the connection of love. While some my find the story implausible and saccharine, others will appreciate the manner in which Eastwood holds rein on the story, playing it for quiet honesty instead of explosive situations. Both Bacon and Harden deliver the quality of sophisticated performances that have marked their careers, and the remainder of the cast gives strong support - especially Eugene Byrd, Marin Hinkle, Bonnie Root, Margo Martindale, and of course Miles Heizer. This is a tough story to tell but the film holds an indelible mark on the viewer. Grady Harp