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Transsiberian (2008)

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A Transsiberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.

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Brad Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Roy
Emily Mortimer ... Jessie
Ben Kingsley ... Grinko
Kate Mara ... Abby
Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos Ximénez
Thomas Kretschmann ... Kolzak
Etienne Chicot ... Frenchman
Mac McDonald ... Minister
Colin Stinton ... Embassy Official
Perlis Vaisieta Perlis Vaisieta ... Manager Hotel Pushkin
Mindaugas Papinigis ... Young Detective
Mindaugas Capas ... Military Officer
Sonata Visockaite Sonata Visockaite ... Female Train Attendant #1
Larisa Kalpokaite Larisa Kalpokaite ... Female Train Attendant #2
Valentinas Krulikovskis Valentinas Krulikovskis ... Young Waiter
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Storyline

Americans abroad. Roy and Jessie finished a volunteer stint in China. He loves trains, so they go home via the Trans-Siberia Express. There are strains in the relationship, including her past. They meet Carlos, a Spaniard, traveling with Abby, a young American. Carlos keeps close to Jessie, and when Roy is left behind and waits a day for the next train so he can catch up, Jessie and Carlos take a trip into the dead of winter to photograph a ruined church. Carlos may be running drugs, so, later, when Roy catches up and introduces Jessie to his new pal, an English speaking Russian narcotics detective, he's the last person Jessie wants to see. Will the Siberian desolation be their undoing? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You can't escape your lies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, including torture and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Germany | Spain | Lithuania

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Expresso Transiberiano See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,615, 20 July 2008

Gross USA:

$2,206,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,926,410
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX (as Dolby Digital Surround EX)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lithuania stood in for Siberia. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Grinko is scrolling through photos on the camera, the images are seen going BACK through time (this is logical - the photo view mode starts with the most recent photo and you scroll backwards to go back). We see the photos of the paintings in the church, then the eagle etc. However, he is pressing the RIGHT button - this would cause the photos to scroll forwards in time (to the right). He should be pressing the LEFT button in order for the camera to scroll backwards as it is shown. See more »

Quotes

Roy: Hold on there Ilya, don't tell me that you miss the USSR? I mean the USSR was a dark evil empire.
Grinko: Maybe so. But then we were people living in the darkness, now we are people dying in the light. Which is better? When it was USSR a man lived until 65 years, now it is 58 years. I know this fact very well, I am 58. In Russia now we say there are only 2 kinds people, those who leave in private jet, and those who leave in coffin.
Jessie: Which are you?
Grinko: I'm too old to leave. Just do my job.
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Alternate Versions

9 secs of cuts to shots of a knife being pressed into a leg wound were removed from the UK DVD release in order to achieve a 15 classification. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 18 was available. See more »

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Spain | Germany | UK | Lithuania co-production compellingly shot by magnificent filmmaker Brad Anderson
7 April 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This nail-biting film packs mystery , plot twists , violence , suspense in a dark atmosphere with imposing tension and intrigue . It deals with a Trans-Siberian train (at eight days, the Transsiberian Express from Beijing to Moscow is the world's longest train journey) voyage from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple (Woody Harrelson , Emily Mortimer who can speak Russian in real life) encounters a mysterious pair (Eduardo Noriega , Kate Mara) of fellow travelers . Meanwhile , a narcotics inspector (Ben Kingsley was director Brad Anderson's first choice for the role) is investigating a drug smuggling .

Intriguing film contains thrills , chills , suspense , twists and turns , and results to be quite entertaining . The atmosphere and perverse intrigue enhance as well as the relationship among two couples develops . The picture was partly inspired from director Brad Anderson's youth when he did in fact ride the Transsiberian Express . Among the references that Brad Anderson drew on were the films North by Northwest , Strangers in a train , The lady vanishes , Runaway train , Dead calm and the book "Crime and Punishment" . Transsiberian had the misfortune of opening on the same weekend as Dark Knight , the second biggest film in history. The real starring Emily Mortimer is acceptable as a depressed and former ¨bad girl¨ who leads herself a madness spiral and killing , Eduardo Noriega is pretty good as a suspicious young with dark secrets ; both of whom play two gloomy characters . Furthermore , top-notch Ben Kingsley as a tough Police Inspector and brief acting by German Thomas Kretschmann as Kolzak . Xavi Gimenez cinematography is excellent creating a frightening and scary atmosphere , he's expert on sombre photography (Fragile , Intact , Nameless) , being stunningly shot on location in China , Vilnius , Lithuania and Russia . Mesmerizing and intriguing musical score by Alfonso Villalonga (My life without me , Snow white , Princesses) . The flick was finely produced by the chairman of Filmax Productions , Julio Fernandez along with his brother Carlos Fernandez as executive producer , they're two successful producers and experts on terror genre , producing a lot of hits , such as ¨The machinist¨, ¨Rec ¨1¨, 2¨ and ¨3¨ , ¨Fragiles¨, ¨Darkness¨, ¨El perfume¨ , ¨The nun¨ , ¨Backwoods¨ and many others .

The motion picture was well written and directed by Brad Anderson . He is a good filmmaker who has directed thought-provoking and thrilling films such as ¨Happy accidents¨ , ¨Session 9¨ , ¨The machinist¨ , and ¨The call¨ his last film starred by Halle Berry . Transsiberian , rating : Good and above average, it's one the highest earning suspense picture of the last years ; it is an astounding film with tension , blood, shocks and violence .


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