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Rails & Ties (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 April 2008 (Brazil)
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A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

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Alison Eastwood

Writer:

Micky Levy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Tom Stark
Marcia Gay Harden ... Megan Stark
Miles Heizer ... Davey Danner
Marin Hinkle ... Renee
Eugene Byrd ... Otis Higgs
Bonnie Root ... Laura Danner
Steve Eastin ... N.B. Garcia
Laura Cerón ... Susan Garcia
Margo Martindale ... Judy Neasy
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Brown
Steven M. Porter ... Howie Pugh
Jim Cody Williams ... Vince the Engineer
Kerri Randles ... Rosanna
Stephen Peace ... Bartender
Robert Harvey ... Administrator #1
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Storyline

Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. Tom's colleague Otis, who never got over a hobo doing the same on foot, resigns, Tom is suspended. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. He escapes from a monstrous foster-ma's home and tracks down Tom's home. Megan, who was about to leave without allowing him to get closer again during her last weeks, promises to stay if they take on Davey. Boy and childless couple soon grow on each-other, but a social worker is on Davey's trail. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When life comes apart, love puts it back together.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, an accident scene, brief nudity and momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Yollar ve Baglar See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,032, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,718, 4 November 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Malpaso Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Margo Martindale and Kathryn Joosten both guest appeared on different episodes of the show Harry's Law (2011). See more »

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Grabs you ....
22 January 2009 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

I started watching this movie because it sounded like it involved something about a train accident. It does, but that's not what this movie is about. What got me is the sad clip of the train engineer's wife looking at her mastectomy in the mirror - couldn't stop watching after that. The story is both tragic and uplifting - but most of all it's compelling to watch once you get started.

Storywise, it starts out with a mother who commits suicide by placing her car in front of an approaching train. The train engineer makes a judgment call to hit the car instead of risking a sudden stop. Eventually, her son finds his way into the lives of the engineer and his terminally ill wife... and the story progresses from there.

The story itself is unusual and that made it a somewhat novel experience. The acting is amazing - esp. by Marcia Gay Harden (the ill wife). It's definitely a show worth watching if you're looking for a well-done drama.


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