- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 24, 1998
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 05/09/1997
"...Well-conceived....Fresh and exciting..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 05/02/1997
"...BREAKDOWN is a tough, vigorous exercise in pure action, shot with throwback expertise and, most refreshingly, without special effects..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/09/1997
"...A powerfully nerve-racking contemporary thriller....Fresh..." -- Rating: A-
Los Angeles Times - 05/02/1997
"...This is a really solid first feature, and the best cardiovascular workout you're likely to have in a sitting position this year..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/02/1997
"...BREAKDOWN is taut, skillful and surgically effective....BREAKDOWN is a fine thriller..."
After their new Jeep conks out on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, a well-heeled Massachusetts couple accepts the help of a polite and seemingly honest trucker (J.T. Walsh), who drives the wife (Kathleen Quinlan) to a diner while the husband (Kurt Russell) stays behind to "protect" the vehicle. After saying goodbye, the husband gets two surprises--the Jeep starts, and his wife never actually arrived at the diner. What's more, the trucker doesn't recollect having picked her up at all. This taut suspense film, directed by Jonathan Mostow, is light on special-effects bombasticism and heavy on the old-fashioned Hitchcockian chills.