End of the Line

 (99)5.71 h 43 min1987PG
When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president.
Jay Russell
Kevin BaconBob BalabanBarbara Barrie
English [CC]
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Michael BeachJudy BensonCarroll Dee BlandWilford Brimley
Lewis M. AllenPeter Newman
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Keri TeachReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Wilfred Brimley movie
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This is a fairly good movie and I like Wilfred Brimley. He's one of those good ol' character actors that you don't see much anymore. He was doing commercials for awhile about diabetes medicine. He used to appear on a TV series "Our House" with a much younger Shannon Doherty. Kevin Bacon is Okay. The story of an man whose too old to seek another job somewhere else when the parent company decides to shut down and lay everyone off in a small town out the middle of nowhere. Wilfred Brimley's character fights back and they "borrow" the train and travel to Washington DC to argue their case to the senior officers of the railroad company and they get the politicians involved. It has a good ending. Kind of a fairy tale story when you compare it to the economy and company shutdowns going on today. It's mildly entertaining though. The picture quality of the streaming is not very good. So if you are expecting to get Hi Def you'll be disappointed.
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TideDawgReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a fun movie to watch that has many well-known actors in it - Kevin Bacon, Wilford Brimley, Holly Hunter, Bob Balaban, Mary Steenburgen, Levon Helm, and many more. The story, a railroad that is being sold putting people out of work - some of whom have given their whole life to the company, and the efforts of two of the workers - Brimley and Helm - to buy it and put everyone back to work, is an enjoyable old fashioned, heart-warming story.
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Keith L. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2010
2.0 out of 5 stars
A potential problem with using an all region dvd player
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I purchased this dvd because I have an all region dvd player by Toshiba. The disk arrived and when I went to play it the picture which is supposedly in 4:3 was displayed in 16:9. Furthermore the image was scrunched up. I tried the various settings on the dvd player with no change. My tv is an older JVC 27" model from circa 1999. I don't think it is to blame but I don't understand the result. If this was common to all the copies of End of the Line it would have been commented on by others but no one has mentioned this problem. However, it happened to me so I pass it on as a possiblility for others.
eBay FanaticReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching
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I saw this movie several years ago and could not get it out of my mind. When I saw it here on Amazon, I could not wait to get it. This is just a good movie about people who are not afraid to try and do something even though they are pretty sure that there is nothing they will be able to accomplish. This is a movie that is very believable. I could actually see someone doing this if they were about to lose their jobs. This movie is well worth watching.
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Ronald E. WinchelReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Train movie with a human side
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This movie was in some ways good to experience the despair of the railroad people who find themselves without hope after their jobs were eliminated. However the era is wrong for me it should be set in the depression era not in the 2000 nd. Some things are to far fiction for me and some of the people made up in this movie would never lasted on a railroad in real. It was in all a good story and if you like movies that make big business the bad, mean heartless Villon then this is for you.
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The Silver TurtleReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but not Great
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A tale of corporate greed; management wanting to make money at the expense of the "little people" and the resulting reaction of those "little people". Somewhat like "David vs. Goliath", played out on a battlefield 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches wide.

Written with a slight bias -- having been involved with being around railroading [and being a railfan] for over 50 years.
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DutchReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Left behind by business (ie. the rich get richer).
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I believe Wilford Brimley is a great actor because he seems to just be himself. He plays a brakeman on the "Southland Railroad". The railroad is being reorganized and the small town he lives in will be devastated so some rich folks in Chicago can roll in more "dough". He and another worker take a locomotive to Chicago to try and convince the "powers that be" to think twice about the reorganization. Instead the company clones try to use them in an advertising campaign to make the changes go smoother. Brimley won't have it. You watch the rest. You have the sad and inevitable conflict of young and old, rich and poor played out in the heartland. Great film.
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Charles D. FisherReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of Brimley's best performances.
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Although this movie was made in 1987, I find it really applicable to the economic condition of our country today. The movie captures the emotions of the fears people face as they see their jobs replaced by modern technology. At the conclusion you feel good because you get to see heroes rise above their circumstances and see two men fight for their families. Wilford Brimley and Levon Helm capture the spirit of drama with their acting. The movie is funny, serious, sad, happy, and just good entertainment.
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