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In the 1970s, few wore their onscreen toughness as well as Charles Bronson. Working steadily in all manner of productions that required a steely-eyed authority figure, Bronson achieved his greatest success with 1974's "Death Wish," a vigilante saga that perfectly captured his skills as an intimidating leading man. In the shadow of such a hit, Bronson returned to duty, with 1975's "Breakheart Pass" one of the many journeyman productions the actor was fond of. A mystery with western ornamentation, the picture benefits immensely from Bronson's frosty demeanor, put to good use by director Tom Gries, who keeps his star at a low rumble of suspicion while employing a colorful supporting cast to create a compelling atmosphere of the unknown, making Bronson's string of forceful reactions all the more inviting. While it's not an exhaustive whodunit with a myriad of elaborate red herrings, "Breakheart Pass" is an engaging adventure with a few surges of action, an unexpected commitment to brutality, and an irresistible collection of disasters to hold attention. It's the type of meaty film that doesn't use a model to stage a train accident, it brings in a real train to destroy. How wonderful. Read the rest at


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