Breakdown 1997 M 720p Hdtv X264 Sc4r
Breakdown 1997 M 720p Hdtv X264 Sc4r
Breakdown is a 1997 American thriller film directed and co-written by Jonathan Mostow. It stars Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan. The original music score was composed by Basil Poledouris. The film was produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Martha De Laurentiis, and released on May 2, 1997 by Paramount Pictures. It is the final film featuring Walsh to be released in his lifetime.
The film follows Jeff Taylor (Russell), a man who searches for his missing wife Amy (Quinlan) after their car breaks down in the middle of the desert. He encounters a group of kidnappers led by Red Barr (Walsh), who demand a ransom for Amy's life. Jeff must use his wits and courage to outsmart and outfight the criminals, while trying to find his wife before it's too late.
Breakdown received positive reviews from critics, who praised the film's suspense, direction, performances, and score. It was also a commercial success, grossing $50.2 million worldwide against a budget of $36 million.
Jeff and Amy Taylor are moving to California and must drive across the country in their new Jeep Grand Cherokee. They narrowly avoid colliding with a beat-up pickup truck driven by Earl (M. C. Gainey). At a gas station, Earl confronts Jeff and they exchange hostile words. Shortly after the couple resume their trip, their car breaks down on a vacant road. Leaving Jeff with the Jeep, Amy accepts a ride from a passing trailer truck driver named Red Barr to get to a nearby diner and call for help.
Jeff eventually discovers that someone has tampered with the Jeep's battery connections. After reconnecting them, he drives to the diner, only to discover that no one has seen or heard from Amy. Jeff sees Red on the road and forces him to stop, but Red claims he has never seen Jeff or Amy. Jeff then hails a passing sheriff named Boyd (Rex Linn), but a brief search of the truck yields no sign of Amy. Red is allowed to leave and Boyd tells Jeff to see the deputy sheriff in the town of Brackett.
After speaking with the deputy sheriff, Jeff goes back to the diner. Billy (Jack Noseworthy), a mentally-impaired mechanic, informs Jeff that Amy left with some men, but refuses to speak with the police, claiming they are involved. Jeff rushes to the location Billy mentioned, but is ambushed on a back road by Earl and another accomplice, Al (Ritch Brinkley). He escapes by driving his Jeep into a river and swimming away.
Jeff circles back to watch Earl and Al pull his Jeep out of the water. He is then discovered and knocked out by Billy. When Jeff awakens, he is confronted by Billy (who feigned mental impairment earlier) and Earl. Their leader is Red Barr, who informs Jeff that he wants the $90,000 in Jeff's bank account in exchange for Amy's life, ordering him to withdraw the money in Brackett. Realizing he only has $5,000, Jeff attempts to alert the bank manager of his situation. However, paranoid that Red's group is watching him, Jeff abandons the idea and steals marked money ribbons and a letter opener.
He uses the money ribbons to pack stacks of $1 bills between two $100 bills. He then meets Red at a truck stop and gives him the money. Red tells him that Amy is locked up in a barn at an address he wrote down on an envelope containing $1 bills as change for Jeff's money transfer fee. As Red drives away with the money, he discovers Jeff's trick and angrily returns to the truck stop with his men.
Jeff manages to evade them and steals Red's truck with his shotgun inside. He drives to the address on the envelope, but finds it deserted except for an old couple who claim they have never seen Amy or Red. Jeff realizes that Red gave him a fake address and that he has been set up again.
He then hears Amy's voice on Red's CB radio and follows her directions to another barn where she is supposedly held captive. He arrives at the barn and finds Amy tied up in a hole under a trapdoor. He frees her and they try to escape, but are confronted by Red and his men, who have followed Jeff's trail. A shootout ensues, during which Jeff kills Billy and Al, and wounds Earl. Red escapes in his truck with the money, but Jeff and Amy pursue him in their Jeep.
A high-speed chase follows on the highway, during which Jeff manages to shoot out one of Red's tires, causing him to lose control and crash into a bridge. Red survives the crash and tries to shoot Jeff, but Jeff stabs him in the chest with the letter opener. Red falls off the bridge and lands on his truck, which explodes. Jeff and Amy embrace and flag down a passing car for help.
Kurt Russell as Jeff Taylor
J. T. Walsh as Red Barr
Kathleen Quinlan as Amy Taylor
M. C. Gainey as Earl
Jack Noseworthy as Billy
Rex Linn as Sheriff Boyd
Ritch Brinkley as Al
Moira Sinise as Arleen (as Moira Harris)
Kim Robillard as Deputy Len Carver
Thomas Kopache as Calhoun
Jack McGee as Bartender
Vincent Berry as Deke
Helen Duffy as Flo
Ancel Cook as Barfly
Gene Hartline as Tow Truck Driver
Steve Waddington as Cowboy In Bank
Breakdown received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 80% based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Breakdown is a tight, efficient thriller that delivers exactly what it promises."
On Metacritic, the film has a score of 73 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars out of four, writing, "Breakdown is taut, skillful and surgically effective. It's one of those movies where you walk in expecting a good time and walk out feeling you've gotten your money's worth."
James Berardinelli gave the film three stars out of four, calling it "a solid thriller that delivers what it promises: suspense, action, and a few surprises."
Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised the film's direction, writing, "Mr. Mostow has a gift for orchestrating action sequences that are both coherent and viscerally exciting."
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade of "B+", commenting, "Breakdown is a nifty little thriller that keeps you guessing and makes you squirm."
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