->'''Eddie:''' Hey, Barstow. Why don't you stop her? You put the system in. Cost the company 4.5 million.\\
'''Barstow:''' Listen, Eddie. This system is designed for the efficient dispatching of trains when manned, ''not to stop'' them when they're unmanned. The brake shoes have burned off. The over-speed control must have gotten ''screwed up'' from the collision!

''Runaway Train'' is a 1985 action thriller film directed by Creator/AndreiKonchalovsky, adapted from a screenplay by Creator/AkiraKurosawa.

The film tells a tale of two convicts, Manny (Creator/JonVoight) and Buck (Eric Roberts), who escape from an Alaskan prison and stow themselves away on a train. Unfortunately, the engineer dies at the throttle and their ride to freedom becomes a brakeless [[TitleDrop runaway train]]. While the train races across the snow-covered landscape, they come across remaining railroad worker Sara (Rebecca De Mornay) who warns them that the track they're on leads to certain doom. The three of them now must work to either stop or slow the train. Complicating things are the railroad company looking to derail the train before it causes any casualties along the line, and ruthless prison warden Ranken (John P. Ryan), who holds a grudge against Manny and quickly figures out where his two escaped convicts have gone...

!!This film has the examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Buck and Manny escape from prison through one.
* AntiHero: Manny.
* BerserkButton: Relying on dreams and such seems to be one for Manny.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The audience doesn't see [[spoiler:Manny and Warden Rankin dying on the final engine]], which races into the snow-covered horizon as images of sullen-faced prisoners -- except for Manny's older brother, [[BittersweetEnding who smiles]] -- cross the fading screen.
* ChewingTheScenery: Manny in a [[AwardBait scenery-chewing speech]] telling Buck about the futility of dreams and how men like them will end up in nowhere jobs suffering indignities.
-->'''Manny''': I'll tell you what you gonna do. You gonna get a job. That's what you gonna do. You're gonna get a little job. Some job a convict can get, like scraping off trays in a cafeteria. Or cleaning out toilets. And you're gonna hold onto that job like gold. Because it is gold. Let me tell you, Jack, that is gold. ''You listenin' to me?'' And when that Man walks in at the end of the day. And he comes to see how you done, you ain't gonna look in his eyes. You gonna look at the floor. Because you don't want to see that fear in his eyes when you jump up and grab his face, and slam him to the floor, and make him scream and cry for his life. So you look right at the floor, Jack. ''Pay attention to what I'm sayin', motherfucker''!
* {{Determinator}}: Manny.
** The train itself refuses to be slowed by any means, slamming through obstacles as though possessed.
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: Yardmaster Pulasky picks up fragments of the glowing hot brake shoes that burned off the runaway and also melted a ''steaming hole'' in the snowbank where they landed. He regrets it pretty quickly.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Manny.]]
* FanBoy: Buck worships the ground Manny walks on. Gets a little [[BrokenPedestal disillusioned]] when Manny's viciousness becomes apparent as they work on stopping the train.
* FailsafeFailure: Al, the train's engineer suffers from a heart attack. In attempting to stop the train and get off, he does not set the throttle to Idle, instead engaging the brakes, before collapsing off the still-moving train. [[DeadManSwitch This overrides the engine's automatic train stop]]. And consequently, although the brakes apply, the locomotives ''overpower them'', and the brake shoes burn off.
* {{Filth}}: Porn mags provide distractions on two points.
* {{Fingore}}: Manny gets half of his left hand crushed by the train's knuckle coupler.
* HeelRealization: Manny reaches this upon seeing Buck's disgust and sadness at his own savageness in trying to kill the young man who idolzed him. Buck informs him he's ''worse'' than Ranken, who is at least forthcoming with his brutality as warden, but Manny was adored by the inmates and seen as their hero. Manny [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone collapses on the floor in a fatalistic slump]].
* HellholePrison: Stonehaven pulls double duty as this and as TheAlcatraz. In Buck's description "its a shithole", the maximum security prison is run-down and in the middle of nowhere. With temperatures below 30, even if you somehow escape, the cold climate will end you. Only two other men managed to break out once (three including Buck), but Manny as of the film ''beat Rankin three times''. Needless to say, the warden is pissed [[OnlyICanKillHim and wants the bank robber dead]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Manny makes the jump onto the main train engine, at the cost of half his hand. He defeats Rankin and traps him on the engine, and then goes back out and decouples the engine from the rest of the train, sparing Buck and Sara's lives before climbing onto the engine's roof and [[FaceDeathWithDignity finishing the ride]] somewhere off the horizon. It's left to the viewer to determine if Manny was doing it to spare Buck and Sara or defy the warden's expectations.]]
* HumansAreBastards: Manny sees things this way, as evident from this exchange:
-->'''Sara''': You're an animal!
-->'''Manny''': No, worse! Human. '''Human!'''
** Punctuated by the quote from RichardIII.
* GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath: Manny's character in a nutshell.
* IDieFree: [[spoiler:With Ranken his prisoner now, Manny in the end, is in control of the runaway engine. The locomotives are approaching the end of the abandoned spur, crashing through a disused tunnel. Ranken orders Manny to shut down the engine, which he refuses for he'd rather achieve freedom in death.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Manny beats up Rankin with a fire extinguisher.
* {{Irony}}: Rankin's threat to 'send you out of here in plastic' Guess what's used to help them survive the cold...
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler: Manny uncouples the lead engine, and waves goodbye to Buck, over the man's screaming pleas. Its especially [[TearJerker tearjerking]] as all this happens to the music of the second movement of Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" in D.]]
* JustTrainWrong: Though not as bad as your average action movie.
* MeaningfulName: Manny.
* MeleeATrois: Manny, Buck and Sara tend to be at each other throats with the balance of power shifting between the three. This is even while they're working together to stop the train.
* MortonsFork: Barstow is ultimately presented with this. The runaway is approaching a tight curve adjacent to a chemical plant. Even at its reduced speed its more than likely to derail and crash into the plant causing a catastrophe spill. His hand forced by Eddie, he has choose the option with the least collateral damage, by sending the train onto a disused spur, condemning all on-board to certain death.
* MurphysLaw: Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, though for Manny [[spoiler:[[FaceDeathWithDignity this works out just perfectly]].]]
* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Manny is resolved to never end up back in Stonehaven.
* NightmareFace: Well, from a technological viewpoint, rather than a biological one. The four old locomotives look rather sad, rusting and neglected for the first portion of the film, especially the lead engine. As they run out of control, colliding with obstacles in their path, they become more damaged and twisted, until eventually the 1st locomotive's front looks ''evil''. It starts to resemble a vicious wild animal, and the debris its tusks.
* PrisonRiot: The film opens with prison holding the convicted main character in a state of riot.
* RunawayTrain: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* SceneryPorn: The cinematography here, is just ''fantastic''. The [[EstablishingShot runaway barreling through the Alaskan frozen wasteland]] during the middle of winter is amazing to watch unfold.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The closing quote. "[[RichardIII No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity]]. [[MeaningfulEcho But I know none, and therefore am no beast.]]"
* StrawNihilist: What Manny increasingly becomes over the course of the film. He gives his fair share of [[DespairSpeech Despair Speeches]] ridiculing anyone's [[CrapsackWorld beliefs in hope, miracles, faith]] or living any [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism unrealistic dream incompatible with reality]]. Rankin taunts him abroad the runaway approaching the end of line, that he'll burn in Hell for this. All Manny does is ''smile'' and scoff at the statement, that's all the audience needs to know, [[CessationOfExistence just how absurd he thinks any belief in the afterlife is]]. The ultimate icing-on-the-cake he delivers that cements his nihilism is his line "Win, lose, what's the difference?" at their current situation as the train's about to crash.
* TattooedCrook: Buck.
* TragicMonster: Manny genuinely wished he could do demeaning jobs like cleaning toilets for a living, instead of his dead-end road in violent crime and robbing banks.
* WardensAreEvil: Rankin. Granted, Manny is mentioned (and then shown) to be an escape artist and a violent thug, but Rankin himself is a RabidCop that welded Manny's solitary confinement cell shut (and felt content to have managed to keep him inside for three years before the court forced him to cut it open), arranged for other prisoners to try (unsuccessfully) to kill Manny, and violently strong-arms a train technician to tell him where the runaway train is so he can give it chase personally.
* WorthyOpponent: Manny and Rankin. Also covers TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou.