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Rails & Ties (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 April 2008 (Brazil)
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A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

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Alison Eastwood

Writer:

Micky Levy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Tom Stark
Marcia Gay Harden ... Megan Stark
Miles Heizer ... Davey Danner
Marin Hinkle ... Renee
Eugene Byrd ... Otis Higgs
Bonnie Root ... Laura Danner
Steve Eastin ... N.B. Garcia
Laura Cerón ... Susan Garcia
Margo Martindale ... Judy Neasy
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Brown
Steven M. Porter ... Howie Pugh
Jim Cody Williams ... Vince the Engineer
Kerri Randles ... Rosanna
Stephen Peace ... Bartender
Robert Harvey ... Administrator #1
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Storyline

Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. Tom's colleague Otis, who never got over a hobo doing the same on foot, resigns, Tom is suspended. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. He escapes from a monstrous foster-ma's home and tracks down Tom's home. Megan, who was about to leave without allowing him to get closer again during her last weeks, promises to stay if they take on Davey. Boy and childless couple soon grow on each-other, but a social worker is on Davey's trail. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When life comes apart, love puts it back together.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, an accident scene, brief nudity and momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Yollar ve Baglar See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,032, 26 October 2007

Gross USA:

$18,718
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Malpaso Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Margo Martindale and Kathryn Joosten both guest appeared on different episodes of the show Harry's Law (2011). See more »

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Touching and Moving
19 June 2008 | by RobinCook70See all my reviews

I rented this on DVD and am wondering why they took out the Additional Scenes in the movie that are on the Special Features. I was hoping there would be some interviews on the DVD, but alas, had to settle for just the Additional Scenes.

This movie has typical Lifetime TV earmarks, but with a lot more to give. I was especially impressed with Miles Heizer in his role of the young boy. It is a good story that gives both character insight angles of the victim and the accidental killer. I applaud the casting done here. Kevin Bacon's role was perhaps the best choice to play this particularly difficult part, and he conveyed/portrayed it very well. I can't think of any other actor who could have pulled it off.

The emotional dramas did cause me to pull out some hankies, but they did not dwell on this content in an overdone fashion. I am weary of movies that linger on with many scenes of someone dying in bed of cancer (which was not done at all in a great movie "Who Will Love My Children"), but they kept the IV drip bit scenes to a tolerable minimum. The tears were not associated so much to the cancer bit, but was with how the story was put together ... very, very well done.

This young 14-year-old lad, Miles Heizer, is a gem and I really hope to see more of him performing in more films. This movie I recommend when you're in an emotional mood of viewing pleasure. It's definitely worth the rental fee.


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