Unstoppable

jtomstarr Oct 23, 2017

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    All,
    I think Unstoppable is now my few favorite action movies. What is yours?

    Tom
     
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    Favorite action movie, John Wick, favorite movie, black & white version of The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951!
     
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    For railroading, perhaps it is Silver Streak, with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. It is a bit more believable than many other train 'runaway' type attempts.

    Otherwise a good John Wayne isn't ignored. There are many I enjoy, of his and other folks. He did at least one train specific movie, such as "The Hurricane Express".
     
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  5. acptulsa

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    Admittedly the remake is a better movie. A much better movie. But is it an action flick or a comedy?

    The original has its advantages...

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    I just realized the Pioneer Zephyr, number 9900, has a page at IMDb. This is because it was given credit as an actor in that movie. Name another train which can make that claim! I just added a 'biography' for this 'actor'; it'll be interesting to see if IMDb publishes it as I wrote it.
     
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    I have seen this movie. Not bad at all, for it's era.

    Somehow I was thinking that John Wayne had done something similar and of that vintage.
     
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    Good flick, won't tell you the plot, but it is filmed all on the Rio Grande before the UP merger, all in the Rockies in the winter!!(y)
     
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    I dsliked silver streak.
     
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    anyone know where this quote and what movie comes from?

    No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity."

    " But I know none, and therefore I am no beast."


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    In Unstoppable how did Denzel W. and his co-star know how to operate a EMD SD40-2?

    Tom
     
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    Which one?
     
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    acptulsa, Silver streak...The one with the two idiots wilder and who is it pryor..

    Tom
     
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    Ah. Well, the New York Times was lukewarm (but accurate) about the other one, back in the day...

    http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C06E1DE123DE53ABC4E52DFB766838E629EDE
     
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    acptulsa,I never knew of the one with Sally Blane.
     
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    Not many people do. She does look like her sister, Loretta Young--and that's certainly not a bad thing!

    It's silly, but fun. I like seeing how they did some primitive special effects. For example, there's a scene where the Zephyr speeds toward an open swing bridge, tooting its horn impatiently, while the bridge operator pulls harder on his lever as if that will get the bridge closed before the train hits the water below. As the train approaches the swinging bridge, you can tell that it's a composite of two scenes filmed at different times as half the sky is darker than the other half. Then just after the bridge closes and the tracks align, the sky suddenly all becomes the same.

    The problem the train has about the middle of the film is interesting. None of the early Zephyrs had that problem (too wide a gap between the armature and the field magnets in the generator), but years later EMD would commit that very sin when they repowered the Santa Fe ALCOs of the 51 set.
     
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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