• Breakdown (1997)


Release Date: May 2nd, 1997

DVD Release Date: November 24th, 1998

R |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

On their cross-country drive, a married couple, Jeff (Kurt Russell) and Amy Taylor (Kathleen Quinlan), experience car trouble after an accident. Stranded in the New Mexico desert, the two catch a break when a passing truck driver, Red Barr (J.T. Walsh), offers to drive Amy to a nearby café to call for help. Meanwhile, Jeff is able to fix the car and make his way to the café, only to find his wife missing and Barr claiming ignorance. Jeff then begins a frenzied search for Amy.

Cast: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, Rex Linn, Ritch Brinkley, Moira Sinise

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Dino De Laurentiis Company

Keywords: 1990s , Husband , Quest , Car , Wife , Deception , Tense , Small town , Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Breakdown exploits so many traditional thriller situations that any suspense fan vet can easily devote a hand to counting off the predecessors it plunders. [02May1997 Pg 12.D]

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    Bucking the lava tide of computer special effects gushing out of Hollywood this season, the makers of Breakdown use old-fashioned ingenuity -- plus a compelling star, a fast- paced mystery and a deadpan villain -- to come up with a sizzler. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Breakdown is a fine thriller, and its ending is unworthy of it. show more

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