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Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden give soaring performances in Rails & Ties, director Alison Eastwood's moving tale of people in crisis and emotions at the brink. Bacon plays Tom Stark, a train engineer unable to face his wife's (Harden) illness. Then a terrifying railway collision leaves a little boy orphaned. Tom takes the boy into his home and -- step by step, strength by strength -- learns how to bond with the wife he adores by opening his heart to a boy who needs the security of a devoted family.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206830709
UPC 085391176282
UPC 14 00085391176282
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
Rating Rating
Actors
Name Bacon,Kevin
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Cast & Crew
Alison Eastwood - Director
Gary Roach - Editor
James J. Murakami - Production Designer
Kevin Bacon - Actor
Kyle Eastwood - Original Music By
Marcia Gay Harden - Actor
Marin Hinkle - Actor
Michael Stevens - Original Music By
Micky Levy - Writer
Miles Heizer - Actor
Peer J. Oppenheimer, et. al. - Producer
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Sometimes there's a movie that has better things in it than the underlying material deserves. Alison Eastwood's "Rails & Ties" is a movie like that. I found the opening third tremendously intriguing and involving, I thought the emotions were so real they could be touched, but then the film lost its way and fell into the clutches of sentimental melodrama...That is not to overlook the qualities of "Rails & Ties," above all in the acting. Marcia Gay Harden has a scene by herself that defines hopelessness and desolation. Kevin Bacon makes it clear, without even seeming to try, why the railroad is his fortress and its rule book is his bible. And young Miles Heizer does such a good job with the 9-year-old...Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter) must be a good director because she can place those qualities on the screen. I wish I knew more about the history of the Micky Levy screenplay -- whether it went through rewrites, was steered in a wrong direction, was questioned. When the film premiered at Telluride and Toronto, there were some who doubted coincidences involving characters and trains. Those sorts of things go with the territory, and I find it interesting that the screenplay risked them. But there were fundamental decisions to be made about the lives and fates of these characters, and I think somehow the filmmakers lost the way, lost sight of the people inside the plot.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bacon,Kevin
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
eTalk A powerful and emotional film. Kevin Bacon shows us once again why he is the most underrated actor of his generation.
Natasha Gargiulo, ET Canada Great performances in an emotionally powerful film.
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