Track 29

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Track 29
Track 29.jpg
Film poster
Directed byNicolas Roeg
Produced byGeorge Harrison
Rick McCallum
Written byDennis Potter
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyAlex Thomson
Edited byTony Lawson
Distributed byIsland Pictures
Cannon Films
Release date
5 August 1988 (UK)
9 September 1988 (US)
Running time
91 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$5,000,000 (estimated)
Box office$429,028 (US)[1]

Track 29 is a 1988 film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It was produced by George Harrison's HandMade Films with Rick McCallum. The film was nominated for and won a few awards at regional film festivals.[2] The writer, Dennis Potter, adapted his earlier television play, Schmoedipus (1974), changing the setting from London to the United States.[3] It was filmed in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina


The childless wife of a small town doctor in North Carolina, tired of his spending too much time playing with his model trains and her empty life, meets a young British hitchhiker in a café. She starts thinking he might be the baby she was made to give up for adoption when she was a schoolgirl of 15. In her fantasies, as the two start getting to know each other, she finds he is not only the child she has always missed but also a potentially virile lover. He for his part starts wanting to harm her husband, who in fact is planning to leave her for a nurse he loves.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Theresa Russell Linda Henry
Gary Oldman Martin
Christopher Lloyd Henry Henry
Colleen Camp Arlanda
Sandra Bernhard Nurse Stein
Seymour Cassel Dr. Bernard Fairmont

Critical reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times thought the film missed the mark:

However, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated it 3 stars out of his 4 star rating system and found the film well done but painful:


  1. ^ Track 29 at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Track 29 (1988) - Awards
  3. ^ Track 29 (1988) - Plot Summary
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (1988-09-09). "Movie Review - Track 29 - Reviews/Film; Curious Scenes From a Southern Marriage -". Retrieved 2011-04-28.
  5. ^ "Track 29 :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 2011-04-28.

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