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  • Summary: Jeff Taylor (Russell) and his wife Amy (Quinlan) are headed toward a new life in California when their car's engine dies on a remote highway. Amy accepts a ride from a helpful trucker (Walsh) while Jeff waits with the car. But when Jeff shows up at the agreed rendezvous, he finds his wife's not there. The locals aren't talking; the police aren't much help. With no one to turn to, Jeff battles his worst fears and begins a desperate, danger-ridden search to find Amy -- before it's too late! (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. Mostow, with his first feature, has made such a convincing, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller that you'd swear you'd never seen anything quite like it.
  3. 90
    Breakdown recalls so many good movies, in such unpredictable order, that by the end it simply stands on its own, a solid, logical, edge-of-the-seat sluiceway of escape and pursuit.
  4. Breakdown is a taut little thriller, the kind of well-crafted yarn that sets itself attainable goals and then meets them.
  5. 75
    Breakdown is a fine thriller, and its ending is unworthy of it.
  6. 60
    There are echoes of Stephen Spielberg's "Duel," as well as "Roadgames," "The Hitcher" and "The Hills Have Eyes," but director/cowriter Mostow isn't interested in hommages: He's just looking to crank up the suspense (not the in your face action, thank heavens), bit by miserable bit, and does a very nice job of it.
  7. 38
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.

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  1. Mar 10, 2014
    One of my favourite films of all time, why?.

    Because it felt real I had watched this young so I had a imagination that was way to big to
    control. I had liked and watched this great thriller genre that I would say now easily pitch's up to the master of thrillers like the great Aldred Hitchcock would definitely recommend this classic to any who are interested in great stories and unpredictable conclusions. Expand

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