End of the Line (1987 film)

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End of the Line
Film poster
Directed byJay Russell
Produced byLewis M. Allen
Peter Newman
Mary Steenburgen
Written byJay Russell
John Wohlbruck
Music byAndy Summers
CinematographyGeorge Tirl
Edited byMercedes Danevic
Distributed byOrion Classics
Release date
  • August 28, 1987 (1987-08-28)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

End of the Line is a 1987 American drama film directed by Jay Russell[1] in his directorial debut. Produced by Lewis M. Allen, Peter Newman and Mary Steenburgen, the film was shot in Arkansas.


Leo Pickett and Will Haney, railroad workers in Little Rock, Arkansas, find out the parent company of the Southland railroad is about to close their yard and layoff the employees, switching all future shipments to the air freight business.

In a last-ditch effort to save their jobs, the two men "borrow" a locomotive and drive it from Clifford, Arkansas, to Chicago, Illinois, to make their case to Thomas G. Clinton, the railroad's Chairman of the Board.



End of the Line was produced with the cooperation of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which provide technical assistance to production crews as well as the contribution of multiple sets of rolling stock and locomotives. All Southland rolling stock and locomotives, including trackage rights for filming rights was provided by the Missouri Pacific, as well as limited assistance by the Union Pacific, which approved use of some rolling stock, trackage, and locomotives for completion of the film.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 26, 1988). "Film: Wilford Brimley Stars in 'End of the Line'". The New York Times.

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