Suffering from addiction and depression Laura Danner (Bonnie Root) drives her car--with her son Davey (Miles Heizer) inside--onto the railroad tracks waiting for the train to come and kill them. Davey is able to get out but not save his mother as the train driven by engineer Tom Stark (Kevin Bacon) crashes into the car. Davey lashes out at Tom wanting to know why he didnt stop but Tom is adamant that he did the right thing and followed the rules. While awaiting a hearing on the devastating event Tom is given some time off forcing him to deal with his wife Megans (Marcia Gay Harden) metastasising cancer. While Megan wants to spend her remaining days living life and travelling Tom refuses to get out of his cold funk--until Davey also a train aficionado appears at the door wanting answers to his questions and trying to avoid being sent to foster homes. A moving emotional melodrama RAILS AND TIES features the directorial debut of actress Alison Eastwood Clints daughter. Shes learned well from the old man especially from such touching films as MILLION DOLLAR BABY MYSTIC RIVER and A PERFECT WORLD which were also all about family. The soundtrack was composed by Alisons brother Kyle along with Michael Stevens who have previously collaborated on the Clint movies LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS. Alison Eastwood who has acted in more than 20 films elicits stellar performances from Bacon and Gay Harden as a childless couple suddenly facing some very tough decisions. Heizer making his feature-film debut is outstanding as the troubled Davey who finds himself alone desperately trying to make a connection.
Release Date: 29 September 2008
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English