Breakheart Pass

Breakheart Pass (1975) PG
Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, and Ben Johnson, Breakheart Pass is a combination of mystery and action and is set in the old West. It was adapted from an Alistair MacLean novel. Many of his titles have been adapted for film – The Guns of  Navarone, Force 10 from Navarone, and Where Eagles Dare are among the most famous.

A crowded troop train is on its way to Fort Humboldt to relieve the fort. At a brief stopover, two of three officers on the train mysteriously disappear and the train acquires two new passengers, John Deakin (Bronson) an accused murderer and arsonist and in the custody of marshal Pearce (Johnson). Along the way, more people disappear or die mysteriously. Who is the killer and why are people being murdered?

I think this is one of Bronson's best films and one of the best murder mysteries I have ever seen. (Do not read the back of DVD because you will the find the film more enjoyable and the mystery more difficult to solve.)

The photography in this film is beautiful and the film score gives the feeling of a moving train. The film may also interest sports buffs as Archie Moore (former light heavyweight champion), Doug Atkins (former Chicago Bear), and Joe Kapp (former Minnesota Viking) all have supporting roles – and all three performed well in this film.

If you like mysteries or westerns, you will enjoy this film.
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