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Title: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on August 03, 2008, 04:35:51 PM
a Western, Agatha Christi style.
One person ends up dead on a train the rest of the passengers have to play detective and figure out who the killer is before they make their stop at a fort that, unbewnost to the innocent passengers, has been captured by a violent outlaw with a pack of Wild Indians.
Charles Bronson is as good as usual.

Anybody seen it?

7/10


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 03, 2008, 04:40:03 PM
This one is not bad, I've seen it a couple of times. Bronson gets beaten by the sheriff (once more).

7/10 is OK.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: cigar joe on August 03, 2008, 04:46:00 PM
A while ago, nned to see it again though. O0


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 03, 2008, 04:50:07 PM
There's a couple of shots of beautiful snowy landscapes, if I'm not wrong.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: dave jenkins on August 03, 2008, 08:33:13 PM
It's okay, typical Alistair MacLean. Once you've figured out what's going on, and who are the turncoats and who aren't, it becomes pretty boring.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Banjo on August 04, 2008, 05:13:52 AM
I've had this on video tape for years,kept only for the fact it's a Bronson western but it is dull in places and far from his best westerns.

6 out of 10
 


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on August 04, 2008, 01:46:51 PM
I really like this movie. The plot is actually quite good and very unique and the soundtrack is catchy, especially the main guitar theme.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 04, 2008, 02:29:19 PM
Has someone read the book?


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on August 04, 2008, 06:30:44 PM
Has someone read the book?

Where Eagles Fly or something like that right?

Been looking around for it, it'd be an interesting read.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 05, 2008, 04:01:46 AM
Where Eagles Fly or something like that right?

Been looking around for it, it'd be an interesting read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakheart_Pass_%28novel%29


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Ben Tyreen on August 05, 2008, 11:15:07 AM
  I saw this on TCM a few summers back and enjoyed it.  I liked the idea of a western murder mystery, and the cast was pretty good all around, especially Bronson and Ben Johnson.  Like Peacemaker said, I remember really liking Jerry Goldsmith's score.  The director, Tom Gries, had his fair share of good westerns in the late 60s and early 70s too, including Breakout, 100 Rifles, and Will Penny. :)


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: dave jenkins on August 05, 2008, 12:14:39 PM
Has someone read the book?
Well, yeah . . . 35 years ago. Don't remember much, except that afterwards, when I first saw the film, I was kinda disappointed.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on August 05, 2008, 08:39:44 PM
Well, yeah . . . 35 years ago. Don't remember much, except that afterwards, when I first saw the film, I was kinda disappointed.

Well, if it's better than the movie, it might be worth a couple of bucks (or cents). Maybe I'll buy it.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on August 25, 2008, 05:30:17 PM
a Western, Agatha Christi style.
One person ends up dead on a train the rest of the passengers have to play detective and figure out who the killer is before they make their stop at a fort that, unbewnost to the innocent passengers, has been captured by a violent outlaw with a pack of Wild Indians.
Charles Bronson is as good as usual.

Anybody seen it?

7/10

I saw it recently, though in pan and scan version  :(. It is an unusual type of western, as it resembles more a Hitchcock movie. Beautiful scenery (the trestles in Northern Idaho are breathtaking) and good acting with some tense moments. I too would give it 7 out of 10


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Dust Devil on August 01, 2010, 12:46:05 PM
Well I confirm the 7/10. Perhaps objectively it isn't worth it but I enjoy it every time I watch it, can't help it. Unusual little W.


Title: Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
Post by: Spikeopath on February 17, 2017, 05:25:04 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072735/reference

My 'fellow man' is about to hang me!

Breakheart Pass is directed by Tom Gries and adapted to screenplay by Alistair MacLean from his own novel. It stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Charles Durning and Ed Lauter. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Lucien Ballard.

A train apparently loaded with medical supplies is heading through the mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. On board is a small U.S. Army unit and an assortment of passengers, all of whom are about to be in the middle of murder, mystery and dastardly plotting.

Not exactly loved by the critics of the time, but liked well enough by the paying public, Breakheart Pass is a thoroughly enjoyable movie. True enough to say it's a blend of Murder On The Orient Express and Ten Little Indians, only with a gorgeous Western backdrop, but so what? Just exactly what is wrong with that anyway? The plot is a little too tricky for its own good and characterisations are not rich in detail, but there's so much else to enjoy regardless.

It's a fine cast playing a number of desperate/cunning/dubious characters, with Bronson leading from the front at a time when he was hot at the box office. The reasoning behind all the murders, as passengers start getting bumped off one by one, keeps the mystery element strong, while Gries (Will Penny) directs without fuss and filler. The action sequences are impressive (the train roof fight is as great as you have heard it is), with stunt coordinator Yakima Canutt (in his final assignment) once again excelling.

Elsewhere, Jerry Goldsmith's score is wonderfully robust and chest thumping, a real triumph from the great man. Ballard (also Will Penny/The Wild Bunch) beautifully captures the snowbound Lewiston locale whilst ensuring the gorgeous Camas Prairie Railroad is a must see for locomotive enthusiasts. All told it's a very entertaining hybrid picture that is well constructed, technically smart and pulsing with good honest intentions. 7/10