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Breakheart Pass (film)

Breakheart Pass
Breakheart Pass theatrical poster. Artwork by Mort Künstler
Directed by Tom Gries
Produced by Jerry Gershwin
Elliott Kastner
Written by Alistair MacLean
Starring Charles Bronson
Ben Johnson
Richard Crenna
Jill Ireland
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Byron Brandt
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates December 25, 1975 (premiere in Finland)[1]
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English

Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the same title, and was filmed in north central Idaho.

Plot

In the 1870s, residents of the garrison at the Fort Humboldt Army outpost are supposedly suffering from a diphtheria epidemic. A train is heading towards the fort filled with reinforcements and medical supplies. There are also civilian passengers on the train – Nevada Governor Fairchild (Richard Crenna) and his niece Marica (Jill Ireland), among others.

The train stops briefly in Myrtle, where it takes on board a local lawman Sheriff Pearce (Ben Johnson) and his prisoner, John Deakin (Charles Bronson), a notorious outlaw who was identified via a picture in a newspaper article. However, Deakin is actually an undercover federal agent.

Deakin, along with his partner, the Reverend, discovers en route that there is no epidemic at the outpost and the "epidemic" is actually a conspiracy between a group of killers and a tribe of Indians. One by one, though, men aboard the train keep dying as it steams toward Breakheart Pass.

At Breakheart Pass all hell breaks loose as Indians attack the train (over 400 stolen rifles). The Army train, which lost all its troops in a spectacular crash, is defenseless. Meanwhile, the gold smuggling co-conspirators (hired killers) are signaled by the train whistle, and ride out to take the train. Guns & dynamite erupt in the ensuing battle, and in the end, the pass is littered with carnage as the Indians are left running.

Cast

Production

Portions of the movie were filmed in Pierce and Reubens in northern Idaho.[2] Railroad scenes were filmed on the Camas Prairie Railroad (based in Lewiston), using Great Western Railway steam locomotive #75.[3]

Alternating shots of clear and overcast skies are present in the final climactic scenes.

Veteran stuntman Yakima Canutt performed second unit direction for the film and his son Joe was one of the stuntmen.[4]

Home media

DVD

  • Release date: December 19, 2000
  • Full Screen & Widescreen Anamorphic
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 & 16:9
  • Audio tracks: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Running time: 95 minutes

Kino Video will release "Breakhart Pass" for the first time on Blu-ray on August 12, 2014.

Soundtrack

A limited edition (3,000 run) CD soundtrack of Breakheart Pass, highlighting the original music of Jerry Goldsmith, was released by La-La Land Records. It is out of print.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ premieresBreakheart Pass
  2. ^ Idaho film archive
  3. ^ Railroad Movies on DVD (RailServe.com)
  4. ^ Pitts, Michael (1999). Charles Bronson The 95 films and the 156 Television Appearances. McFarland & Company. p. 32. ISBN . 
  5. ^ soundtrackBreakheart Pass

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