Movie cover for Death Train
|Also known as||Detonator|
|Written by||David Jackson|
|Directed by||David Jackson|
|Theme music composer||Trevor Jones|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||100 min.|
|Production company(s)||USA Pictures|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||United States April 14, 1993|
UK December 28, 1996
Death Train (also known as Detonator) is a 1993 made-for-TV movie featuring Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Christopher Lee, Ted Levine, and Alexandra Paul. The script was based on an Alastair MacNeill novel of the same name, which in turn was based on an Alistair MacLean screenplay.
With the aid of a German nuclear physicist, dissident Russian General Konstantin Benin (Christopher Lee), a military casualty of the Soviet collapse, is conspiring to restore the Soviet Union to superpower status. His plan is to place a nuclear bomb on a train controlled by mercenaries, led by Alex Tierney (Ted Levine), bound for Iraq, forcing the Russian army to invade Iraq to recover it and once again mobilize its might - creating a new military union in the process. Malcolm Philpott (Patrick Stewart), the head of the United Nations Anti-Crime Organisation (UNACO), entrusts the mission of stopping the train and its deadly cargo to a multinational team led by field operative Mike Graham (Pierce Brosnan) and information analyst Sabrina Carver (Alexandra Paul) who are forced to form a reluctant partnership as the international balance of power hits crisis point.
- Pierce Brosnan as Michael 'Mike' Graham
- Patrick Stewart as Malcolm Philpott
- Alexandra Paul as Sabrina Carver
- Ted Levine as Alex Tierney
- Christopher Lee as General Konstantin Benin
- John Abineri as Dr. Karl Leitzig
- Clarke Peters as C.W. Whitlock
The Region 2 UK DVD release (by Prism Leisure) of Death Train lacks English subtitles for the Russian dialogue. The scenes with Russian dialogue are meant to be hard-subbed, as was the case with TV broadcast, VHS, and the Region 1 American DVD versions.
Pierce Brosnan and Alexandra Paul returned for the sequel Detonator II: Night Watch. Night Watch is available on Region 1 DVD both individually and bundled as a double pack with Death Train.