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Death Train 1993 train movie Detonator

Death Train (1993, United States)

Original title: Detonator

Death Train Detonator 1993 train movie

Running time: 100 minutes

Language: English / Russian

In Bremen group of armed men take over control of the locomotive and after attaching two freight wagons they leave the station. Their leader contacts the dispatch and demands that authorities will give them the way to Turkey. Central dispatch does not take them seriously, which turns out to be a mistake - the terrorists took some of the freight station workers and to prove they are serious they kill one of them. Also it turns out that there is a nuclear bomb aboard - German scientist prepared two of them using the plutonium smuggled out of the German laboratories. United Nations Anti-Crime Organisation is alarmed of the fact that train has been hijacked and Malcolm Philpott, head of UNACO, sets up a team to respond to the situation. He chooses field operative Mike Graham and information analyst Sabrina Carver to lead the team that will try to stop the train. Their options are limited - apart from mercenaries there are hostages aboard and it seems that the terrorists are determined to either reach Iraq or blow up the train, which would kill thousands of people and cause nuclear fallout.

Action flick made for TV, based on the Alistair MacLean novel, offers perhaps not top quality thriller, but decent story and not that bad production. Death Train was filmed in Slovenia and Croatia and not the places where the story actually takes place, but at least creators used real train and most of the action was filmed in the outside shots, which is far better than some of the American train movies (like Derailed or Hijack). The film itself has some humour in it, Pierce Brosnan in his pre-Bond era and Patrick Stewart as the Malcolm Philpott - it’s not a masterpiece, but good way to spend some time not over-thinking things.

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Creators of Death Train

David Jackson films


David Jackson films


Alistair MacLean films


Cast of Death Train

Pierce Brosnan films

as Mike Graham

Patrick Stewart films

as Malcolm Philpott

Alexandra Paul films

as Sabrina Carver

Ted Levine films

as Alex Tierney

Christopher Lee films

as General Benin

John Abineri films

as Dr. Leitzig

Clarke Peters films

as C.W. Whitlock

Nic D’Avirro films

as Rodenko

Andreas Jung films

as Kolchinsky

Death Train - trivia

The locomotive
The locomotive that was hijacked in Bremen is actually a Slovenian SŽ 642 diesel-electric locomotive (marked as HŽ 2041 in Croatia, where they were originally built). The movie was filmed in Slovenia and Croatia.

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Death Train quotes

Malcolm Philpott:
Michael, you can’t call me "Phil" in this group.
Mike Graham:
So what should I call you.
Malcom Philpott:
"Sir" would be appropriate.

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