Cinema: Stalled Express

BREAKHEART PASS

Directed by TOM CRIES Screenplay by ALISTAIR MACLEAN

Breakheart Pass has the trappings of a classic western: a fine old steam train carrying a detachment of soldiers makes its way through picturesque but hostile country. Everyone aboard is fearful of Indian attack, yet bravely determined to relieve an isolated garrison whose force has been decimated by disease. From these elements one might well fashion an outdoor drama of stark simplicity, a clean-lined action picture of the sort no one seems to make any more. The trouble is that Writer Mac-Lean, adapting his own novel, is at heart a puzzlemaker, not a...

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