Tripwire (film)

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Directed by James Lemmo
Produced by Paul Hertzberg
Lisa M. Hansen
Jefferson Richard
Starring Terence Knox
Meg Foster
David Warner
Yaphet Kotto
Isabella Hofmann
Charlotte Lewis
Viggo Mortensen
Music by Richard Stone
Cinematography Igor Sunar
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30) (UK)
March 21, 1990 (video)
Running time
91 min.
Country United States
Language English

Tripwire is a 1989 American film directed by James Lemmo.[1]

It is an action/adventure movie about a terrorist and government secret agent personal vendetta that began when a train hijacking goes badly awry and the terrorist's son is accidentally killed. The original music score was composed by Richard Stone. Originally intended for a theatrical release (it did get releases only in Europe between 1989 and 1990), the movie was released directly to video and laserdisc on March 21, 1990 in the U.S. by RCA/Columbia and in Canada on video only by Cineplex Odeon. The movie has not been released on DVD and as of December 26, 2009, Sony has not announced any plans to release the movie on DVD.


A band of ruthless international terrorists led by Josef Szabo (David Warner) hijack a speeding railroad train loaded with a full arsenal of powerful military weaponry capable of threatening world peace. The only hero who can stop the terrorists' scheme for world domination is Jack DeForest (Terence Knox). During the battle between good and evil the hero DeForest accidentally kills the son of the Szabo. Seeking revenge Szabo locates DeForest’s family, murders his wife and kidnaps their teenage son thereby turning their fight it into a personal vendetta.

So, DeForest must fight not only to save the world, but for his only remaining family.



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