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4.05

Awesome: 21.05%
Worth A Look63.16%
Just Average: 15.79%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
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by Charles Tatum

"Do the Locomotion"
4 stars

While most of Alistair Maclean's work is formulaic, consisting of good guys with a traitor in their midst (don't believe me, watch "Guns of Navarone" and "Force 10 from Navarone"), action director Gries brings together enough elements to make this a very effective film.

Bronson is arrested and taken aboard a train bound for a remote fort ravaged by diphtheria. Aboard the train is a whole list of suspects, including Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Ed Lauter, Charles Durning, and Jill Ireland. Next, we get a wild west version of "Murder on the Orient Express," as dead people turn up constantly, and the list of criminals narrows to reveal our killer and the real reason for the trip to the fort.

For a ninety five minute film, the plot does get a little complicated. Bronson is in fine form as the mysterious criminal who figures it all out. The real star here is the action sequences, with a now classic fight on top of a moving train car. Yakima Canutt does a great job coordinating the stuntwork.

This is a change of pace western is entertaining and moves quickly, with capable cast and crew. Not a modern classic, but a good change of pace from young guns and American outlaws.

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originally posted: 03/14/03 20:13:52
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User Comments

7/20/13 Mike O'Regan Great scenes of the train let down by a confused plot 4 stars
7/21/12 The Big D A bit dated, but still a good western and a good mystery. 4 stars
5/07/12 unclebob Where did the cavalry come from at the end? 3 stars
9/22/11 ACTION MOVIE FAN DESPITE SLOW START AND TOUGH PLOT THIS IS A VERY EXCITING AND WELL MADE FILM THUMBS UP 4 stars
1/16/11 Greg A well-made & engrossing action pic; 90+ minutes well spent. 4 stars
10/26/10 PAUL SHORTT EXCITING, SLAM-BANG ACTION WESTERN 3 stars
10/18/10 Nick Excellent Cast, Excellent Score, one of my favorite outings of Bronson 5 stars
10/16/04 Laurian Marked my childhood! I will always remember and love you, C.B. 5 stars
12/25/03 Sugarfoot Bronson was simpily one of the coolest actionstars ever! 4 stars
11/27/03 John exiting and honest adventure film - wonderful locations and great score 5 stars
7/30/03 byt great scenery, good film for bit actor watchers. 5 stars
6/04/03 Charles Tatum Tight action 4 stars
3/15/03 R.W. Welch The stunt work is the one outstanding aspect though the cast is pretty solid. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Feb-1975 (PG)
  DVD: 19-Dec-2000

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Directed by
  Tom Gries

Written by
  Alistair MacLean

Cast
  Charles Bronson
  Ben Johnson
  Richard Crenna
  Jill Ireland
  Charles Durning
  Ed Lauter



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