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Breakheart Pass (1975)

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John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

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Tom Gries

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Deakin
Ben Johnson ... Marshal Pearce
Richard Crenna ... Gov. Richard Fairchild
Jill Ireland ... Marica
Charles Durning ... O'Brien
Ed Lauter ... Maj. Claremont
Bill McKinney ... Rev. Peabody
David Huddleston ... Dr. Molyneux
Roy Jenson ... Chris Banion
Rayford Barnes ... Sgt. Bellew
Scott Newman Scott Newman ... Rafferty
Robert Tessier ... Levi Calhoun
Joe Kapp ... Henry
Archie Moore ... Carlos
Sally Kirkland ... Jane-Marie
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Storyline

Train with medical supplies and small U.S. Army unit is heading through Rocky mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U.S. Marshal with his prisoner, John Deakin. However, nothing on that train is what it seems. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Revenge. Mystery. Danger. Ambush. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nevada Pass See more »

Filming Locations:

Williams, Arizona, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Breakheart Pass is a location in Nevada's Rocky Mountains through which trains must pass. See more »

Goofs

The villains in the plot commit a large number of murders, including the mass murder of the relief troops in the rear cars of the train. Levi Calhoun kills the Army telegrapher at Fort Humboldt in cold blood. Yet they keep all the remaining soldiers in the fort as live captives, conveniently allowing them to be quickly freed and re-armed in time to aid Deacon and Major Claremont. See more »

Quotes

John Deakin: [Speaking to Marica] When a man is a killer, arsonist, a cheat and a coward, it's hardly surprising if he turns out to be a liar as well.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut for an 'A' certificate with the removal of a bloody head shooting and a shot of Claremont slashing Fairchild with a sword. Video releases featured the same cut print though DVD versions are fully uncut. See more »

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Featured in Behind the Action: Stuntmen in the Movies (2002) See more »

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Fatalities On a Train
30 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One thing I do like about Breakheart Pass is that absolutely nobody is who he pretends to be. For the first time viewer, 90% of the fun is figuring just who the good guys and bad guys are on this train to Fort Humboldt in the Rocky Mountains. It's not revealed until about 75% of the film is done and when it is revealed the action steps up considerably.

A special train is being sent to Fort Humboldt with medical supplies and a relief force as cholera has broken out there. The territorial Governor Richard Crenna is taking personal charge of the operation, the troops are commanded by cavalry Major Ed Lauter. Along for the ride is U.S. Marshal Ben Johnson, Doctor David Huddleston, the Commanding officer's daughter, Jill Ireland. The engineer is Roy Jenson, the conductor is Charles Durning. Governor Crenna travels in style with a private car with a cook, Archie Moore and a server Victor Mohica. As you can see Breakheart Pass has a good cast.

Marshal Johnson arrests a fugitive, Charles Bronson, before the journey starts and circumstances force him to take Bronson along. People start getting killed on this trip, even before the train leaves and as I said no one is exactly who he seems to be.

Alistair MacLean for a non-American writer managed in this story to get the western ambiance down pretty good. Breakheart Pass combines the best elements of a western and a mystery and I wouldn't miss it if I was either a western or a mystery fan.


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