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Breakdown
Kurt Russell and J.T. Walsh




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After their new Jeep conks out on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, a well-heeled Massachusetts couple accepts the help of a polite and seemingly honest trucker (J.T. Walsh), who drives the wife (Kathleen Quinlan) to a diner while the husband (Kurt Russell) stays behind to "protect" the vehicle. After saying goodbye, the husband gets two surprises--the Jeep starts, and his wife never actually arrived at the diner. What's more, the trucker doesn't recollect having picked her up at all. This taut suspense film, directed by Jonathan Mostow, is light on special-effects bombasticism and heavy on the old-fashioned Hitchcockian chills.

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Overview

After their new Jeep conks out on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, a well-heeled Massachusetts couple accepts the help of a polite and seemingly honest trucker (J.T. Walsh), who drives the wife (Kathleen Quinlan) to a diner while the husband (Kurt Russell) stays behind to "protect" the vehicle. After saying goodbye, the husband gets two surprises--the Jeep starts, and his wife never actually arrived at the diner. What's more, the trucker doesn't recollect having picked her up at all. This taut suspense film, directed by Jonathan Mostow, is light on special-effects bombasticism and heavy on the old-fashioned Hitchcockian chills.

Main Cast & Crew

Jonathan Mostow - Director
Kurt Russell
J.T. Walsh
Kathleen Quinlan
M.C. Gainey
Jack Noseworthy
Rex Linn
Ritch Brinkley
Moira Harris
Kim Robillard
Thomas Kopache

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429282309
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: November 1998

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Mystery
Psychodrama
Suspense
Thriller
On-The-Road
Recommended
Disturbing
Theatrical Release

 

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Reviews:
"...Well-conceived....Fresh and exciting..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 05/09/1997 USA Today, p.13D


"...BREAKDOWN is a tough, vigorous exercise in pure action, shot with throwback expertise and, most refreshingly, without special effects..." - 05/02/1997 New York Times, p.C10


"...A powerfully nerve-racking contemporary thriller....Fresh..." -- Rating: A- - 05/09/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.54-5


"...This is a really solid first feature, and the best cardiovascular workout you're likely to have in a sitting position this year..." - 05/02/1997 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...BREAKDOWN is taut, skillful and surgically effective....BREAKDOWN is a fine thriller..." - 05/02/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35

 

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