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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.

Death Train
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Movie cover for Death Train
Also known asDetonator
Written byDavid Jackson
Directed byDavid Jackson
StarringPierce Brosnan
Patrick Stewart
Christopher Lee
Ted Levine
Alexandra Paul
Theme music composerTrevor Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Peter Snell
Production location(s)Zagreb, Croatia
Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
CinematographyTimothy Eaton
Editor(s)Eric Boyd-Perkins
Peter Musgrave
Running time100 min.
Production company(s)USA Pictures
DistributorUSA Network
Original networkUSA Network
Picture formatColor (Rankcolor)
Audio formatDolby SR
Original releaseUnited States April 14, 1993
UK December 28, 1996



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.



The film was shot entirely on location in Slovenia and at Jadran Film Studios, Zagreb, Croatia as a co-production between Yorkshire International Films Ltd., and Jadran Film.

DVD releaseEdit

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.

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