End of the Line (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

End of the Line1987

End of the Line (1987)




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Two Southern railroad workers drive a train engine to Chicago to protest the closing of the station in Clifford, Arkansas. Will Haney (Wilford Brimley) and his friend Leo Pickett (Levon Helm) steal the engine and hope to confront the company president to prevent the shutdown. The duo gathers encouragement at every hamlet along the way as entire towns come out to lend support for the cause. The company tries to use the rural rubes to their promotional advantage, but Haney and Pickett take a stand and win an audience with aging company figurehead Thomas Clinton (Henderson Forsythe). Clinton takes a liking to the two activists and agrees to let himself be kidnapped back to Clifford. Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Bacon, and Barbara Barrie co-star in this routine but entertaining moral melodrama.

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Wilford Brimley
as Will Haney
Levon Helm
as Leo Pickett
Kevin Bacon
as Everett
Holly Hunter
as Charlotte
Trey Wilson
as Sheriff Maxie Howell
Clint Howard
as Les Sullivan
Dan DeMott
as Travers
Armando Garza
as Gonzalez
Velva Walthall
as Bartender
Clay Crosby
as Gas-Station Attendant
Missy Platt
as Jeannie
Bruce McGill
as Billy Haney
Don Hood
as Benny Spear
Steve Wilkerson
as State Trooper
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Critic Reviews for End of the Line

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

This movie has its heart in the right place, but it needs just a tad more cynicism.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

more heart than expertise but a fine family film

March 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Brims with respect for the fighting spirit of displaced workers.

August 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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