Runaway Train ó Challenger Space Shuttle

Extract from the movie 'Runaway Train'

TV news broadcaster (talking about the space shuttle) "..... NASA headquarters in Houston today, over Wednesday's successful launch of the two new communication satellites. The number of sophisticated experiments will apparently be doubled on next month's launch of an Anglo-French weather satellite: that according to launch director Glogan. He praised the crew of the just completed mission ....." (voice fades)

Frank Barstow (designer of the computer-controlled railway system that has just failed disastrously) is watching the TV news, showing the space shuttle landing. He says, "I still don't understand it. How did this happen? Why couldn't we stop it with all this junk? I mean, with all this high technology." (he is in shock)

Frank's boss, Eddie MacDonald, replies, "Some things can't be explained."

TV news broadcaster (voice audible again) "..... he called it the picture-perfect mission. One is always hoped for, but rarely achieved."

'Runaway Train' was released in the USA in Jan 1986. The 'Challenger' space shuttle disaster occurred 28 Jan 1986.

According to Internet Movie Database this is a quote from 'Runaway Train':

Rankin: You're as afraid to die as anybody else, and I never let you free. You hear me?
Manny: I am free, Rankin. I am free.

Now, that is exactly what Manny means but I don't think that is what he actually says. It sounds more like, "I am free, Frank, I am free."

If Manny (Jon Voight) actually said 'Frank' did he goof and use the name of 'Frank Barstow', the computer expert, whose system failed so disastrously? However, we never hear Rankin's first name, so perhaps it is 'Frank', too.

This scene takes place right near the end of the movie, with Rankin handcuffed to the train and death only minutes away for them both. With their conflict now over, Manny is philosophical, "Win, lose, what's the difference?" Mannie seems to have ended his malice toward Rankin and speaks to him without anger. He is almost friendly, or at least, neutral, so perhaps he does use Rankin's first name. Itís a nice touch if it was intended.

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