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Breakdown is a 1997 thriller, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The main stars were KurtRussell and KathleenQuinlan.

Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor are driving their way across the United States to their new home: California. The first sign of trouble is barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (M. C. Gainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said station, their vehicle breaks down in the middle of the desert. Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering to transport Amy to the closest diner. From where she can hopefully call for proper help.

Jeff soon finds out that their vehicle had a very specific problem, disconnected wires. Someone had arranged their "accident". Locating Red doesn't provide much help. He claims not remembering either Taylor. Local simpleton Billy (Jack Noseworthy) tells a contradictory tale. Jeff soon finds out Amy is abducted and more than one person blackmails him for money.

The film was a modest hit, earning $50,159,144 in the United States market but fairing poorly everywhere else. It was the 36th most profitable film of its year. The critics have been largely favorable to it due to solid performances by the actors, fast-paced action, and unusually plausible script. Its RottenTomatoes rating is 78 % fresh.

!!This film provides examples of:
* ActionSurvivor: Jeff.
* TheAllegedCar: One ChaseScene has Jeff and Amy trying to escape the gang members in an old, rusty utility pickup truck. It doesn't take the bad guys long to run them down.
* CarMeetsHouse: While pursuing Jeff and Amy at one point, Red crashes his 18-wheeler straight through the middle of a trailer home.
* DistressedDamsel: Amy for most of the film.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Red has a wife and son at home, neither of whom know anything about his [[LivingADoubleLife leisure-time activities]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Red is crushed by his own truck. Arranged by Amy, the moment her hands were free.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: To get Earl to tell him where Amy is, Jeff ties Earl's neck to the headrest of the passenger seat of a car with duct tape, then repeatedly accelerates the car and slams on the brakes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Billy pretends to have an intellectual disability the first time Jeff meets him.
* OutsideRide: Jeff finds his way to Red's farm by hitching a ride on the outside of Red's 18-wheeler.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Averted. Jeff and Amy's car breaking down sets the plot in motion, but we find out later that the breakdown happened for a very good reason: the motor was sabotaged.
* ProtectedByAChild: When Jeff walks into the farmhouse kitchen with a pistol and orders Red to hand over the key to the barn, Red's young son, Deke, grabs a loaded shotgun and tries to protect his parents.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Earl gives one to Jeff, telling him all the ways he made himself stand out as an easy mark for the gang.
-->"You've gotta be the dumbest motherf***er yet. Think we just picked you out of the clear blue? Shiny new car, Massachusetts plates...probably be a week before anybody misses you. Shoulda got that bumper sticker that goes with that car: 'Rich A**holes Looking for Trouble.' Sure wish I'd been there to see the look on your face when your car seized up on you. Maybe next time you'll learn...don't leave your hood open when you go in the store."
* TheSavageSouth: Jeff and Amy are from Massachusetts, and the movie takes place in Arizona. Part of the reason given by the gang for why they were chosen as targets is because they were outsiders, and therefore easier targets.
* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: By the time Jeff finds out that the "friendly" trucker and the "helpful" youth with the supposed mental disability are both in league with the bad-tempered stranger and all three have it in for him and Amy, he's gotten so [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid]] that he can't bring himself to trust anybody who lives in or around the town, not knowing who else might be in on the scheme.

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Breakdown This is a disambiguation page.

* For the
1997 thriller, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow. The main stars were KurtRussell and KathleenQuinlan.

Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor are driving their way across
thriller film, see ''Film/{{Breakdown}}''.
* For
the United States to their new home: California. The first sign of trouble is barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (M. C. Gainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said station, their vehicle breaks down in the middle of the desert. Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering to transport Amy to the closest diner. From where she can hopefully call for proper help.

Jeff soon finds out that their vehicle had a very specific problem, disconnected wires. Someone had arranged their "accident". Locating Red doesn't provide much help. He claims not remembering either Taylor. Local simpleton Billy (Jack Noseworthy) tells a contradictory tale. Jeff soon finds out Amy is abducted and more than one person blackmails him for money.

The film was a modest hit, earning $50,159,144 in the United States market but fairing poorly everywhere else. It was the 36th most profitable film of its year. The critics have been largely favorable to it due to solid performances by the actors, fast-paced action, and unusually plausible script. Its RottenTomatoes rating is 78 % fresh.

!!This film provides examples of:
* ActionSurvivor: Jeff.
* TheAllegedCar: One ChaseScene has Jeff and Amy trying to escape the gang members in an old, rusty utility pickup truck. It doesn't take the bad guys long to run them down.
* CarMeetsHouse: While pursuing Jeff and Amy at one point, Red crashes his 18-wheeler straight through the middle of a trailer home.
* DistressedDamsel: Amy for most of the film.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Red has a wife and son at home, neither of whom know anything about his [[LivingADoubleLife leisure-time activities]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Red is crushed by his own truck. Arranged by Amy, the moment her hands were free.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: To get Earl to tell him where Amy is, Jeff ties Earl's neck to the headrest of the passenger seat of a car with duct tape, then repeatedly accelerates the car and slams on the brakes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Billy pretends to have an intellectual disability the first time Jeff meets him.
* OutsideRide: Jeff finds his way to Red's farm by hitching a ride on the outside of Red's 18-wheeler.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Averted. Jeff and Amy's car breaking down sets the plot in motion, but we find out later that the breakdown happened for a very good reason: the motor was sabotaged.
* ProtectedByAChild: When Jeff walks into the farmhouse kitchen with a pistol and orders Red to hand over the key to the barn, Red's young son, Deke, grabs a loaded shotgun and tries to protect his parents.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Earl gives one to Jeff, telling him all the ways he made himself stand out as an easy mark for the gang.
-->"You've gotta be the dumbest motherf***er yet. Think we just picked you out of the clear blue? Shiny new car, Massachusetts plates...probably be a week before anybody misses you. Shoulda got that bumper sticker that goes with that car: 'Rich A**holes Looking for Trouble.' Sure wish I'd been there to
2004 {{Xbox}} game, see the look on your face when your car seized up on you. Maybe next time you'll learn...don't leave your hood open when you go in the store."
* TheSavageSouth: Jeff and Amy are from Massachusetts, and the movie takes place in Arizona. Part of the reason given by the gang for why they were chosen as targets is because they were outsiders, and therefore easier targets.
* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: By the time Jeff finds out that the "friendly" trucker and the "helpful" youth with the supposed mental disability are both in league with the bad-tempered stranger and all three have it in for him and Amy, he's gotten so [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid]] that he can't bring himself to trust anybody who lives in or around the town, not knowing who else might be in on the scheme.
''VideoGame/{{Breakdown}}''.
22nd Oct '11 7:43:36 PM zequist
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Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor are driving their way across the United States to their new home: California. The first sign of trouble is barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (M. C. Gainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said station, their vehicle brakes down in the middle of the desert. Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering to transport Amy to the closest diner. From where she can hopefully call for proper help.

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Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor are driving their way across the United States to their new home: California. The first sign of trouble is barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (M. C. Gainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said station, their vehicle brakes breaks down in the middle of the desert. Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering to transport Amy to the closest diner. From where she can hopefully call for proper help.



* ActionSurvivor: Jeff.
* TheAllegedCar: One ChaseScene has Jeff and Amy trying to escape the gang members in an old, rusty utility pickup truck. It doesn't take the bad guys long to run them down.
* CarMeetsHouse: While pursuing Jeff and Amy at one point, Red crashes his 18-wheeler straight through the middle of a trailer home.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Red has a wife and son at home, neither of whom know anything about his [[LivingADoubleLife leisure-time activities]].



* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.

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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: To get Earl to tell him where Amy is, Jeff ties Earl's neck to the headrest of the passenger seat of a car with duct tape, then repeatedly accelerates the car and slams on the brakes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Billy pretends to have an intellectual disability the first time Jeff meets him.
* OutsideRide: Jeff finds his way to Red's farm by hitching a ride on the outside of Red's 18-wheeler.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Averted. Jeff and Amy's car breaking down sets the plot in motion, but we find out later that the breakdown happened for a very good reason: the motor was sabotaged.
* ProtectedByAChild: When Jeff walks into the farmhouse kitchen with a pistol and orders Red to hand over the key to the barn, Red's young son, Deke, grabs a loaded shotgun and tries to protect his parents.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Earl gives one to Jeff, telling him all the ways he made himself stand out as an easy mark for the gang.
-->"You've gotta be the dumbest motherf***er yet. Think we just picked you out of the clear blue? Shiny new car, Massachusetts plates...probably be a week before anybody misses you. Shoulda got that bumper sticker that goes with that car: 'Rich A**holes Looking for Trouble.' Sure wish I'd been there to see the look on your face when your car seized up on you. Maybe next time you'll learn...don't leave your hood open when you go in the store."
* TheSavageSouth: Jeff and Amy are from Massachusetts, and the movie takes place in Arizona. Part of the reason given by the gang for why they were chosen as targets is because they were outsiders, and therefore easier targets.
* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.face.
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: By the time Jeff finds out that the "friendly" trucker and the "helpful" youth with the supposed mental disability are both in league with the bad-tempered stranger and all three have it in for him and Amy, he's gotten so [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid]] that he can't bring himself to trust anybody who lives in or around the town, not knowing who else might be in on the scheme.
26th Feb '11 6:34:04 PM ZiggyStardustForever
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* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out Kurt Russell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out Kurt Russell KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.
15th Jan '11 2:24:05 PM NG480
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*HoistByHisOwnPetard: Red is crushed by his own truck. Arranged by Amy, the moment her hands were free.

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*HoistByHisOwnPetard: Red is crushed by his own truck. Arranged by Amy, the moment her hands were free.free.
* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out Kurt Russell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.
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