Breakdown (1997)

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Corrected entry: When Kurt goes inside the food store he leaves the hood of his engine open. A few minutes later, when the car breaks down, he re-connects something under the car and it works. Later in the movie, one of the bad guys say "He was an idiot for leaving the hood open", but they never touched the engine, did they?

Correction: Of course they touched the engine (when they disconnected the wires that caused the Jeep to break down). Just because they didn't show it didn't mean it didn't happen. This is all part of the plot. We as viewers are not "all knowing". For example, we don't see anything happen to Russell's wife for most of the movie, but does that mean nothing happened to her?

Correction: It was probably the crankshaft position sensor, the car will start and drive but then cut out after 10 minutes.

Corrected entry: When the car is breaking down, Kurt Russell's character yells out "I can't steer!", but when they show the car, it swerves off of the road and then starts to come back on to the road.

Correction: This is not a flaw.. "I can't steer" means after the car's engine was shut off, the power steering was also turned off too. You can still steer manually, it's just not as easy..

Corrected entry: Any auto mechanic will tell you that there are no wires underneath the area where Kurt Russell is looking on a Jeep that will prevent it from starting.

Correction: The car CAN be immobilised from underneath the car, by simply removing the plug/lug from the starter. 99-100% of car/suv starters are fitted to the lower part of the engine. Never ontop.

The starter only fires up the engine. This correction doesn't explain how they got down the road and it broke down. The starter has nothing to do with the operation of the engine except to get it going.

Corrected entry: When Russell is kidnapped and is in the trunk of the Trans Am talking to the kidnappers, on the shots where they show the kidnappers from his point of view you can see a distinct curvature at the end of the trunk lid. Trans Ams of that era had flat trunk lids, that was obviously a trunk lid of a different car.

Correction: All "f" series 70'-81' Trans Ams had the curved "Spoiler " air deflector at the end of the trunk lid.

Corrected entry: Near the start of the film Kurt Russell gets a little worried and speeds away from a garage after seeing someone he almost hit earlier. After a few minutes the Jeep breaks down. Kurt finds out after a while that some wires have come undone, he puts them back together and the Jeep starts. Later in the movie the guy that he almost hit told him that he undid the wires. How did the Jeep run for so long before it broke down?

Correction: The bad guys could have just left the wires loosely connected so the car would break down far enough away. Maybe the Jeep went over a bump and knocked the connections apart. I also believe that the reason is plot motivated. If the Jeep broke down near the gas station, J.T. wouldn't be able to pick Kathleen Quinlan up in the first place, they would have had the problem fixed and would have been on their way.

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Visible crew/equipment: Just after the beginning credits end, you can see the reflections of the boom, the crew and other things as they pass the 4x4. (Most visible on VHS version). (00:02:35)

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Red: You're a tough man to get a hold of, Jeffery.
Jeff: What do you want?
Red: It's not what I want, it's what you want, and how bad you want it. 'Cause it's gonna cost you. Can't show it to you right now, but it's about 5'5", 115 pounds, three or four of that just pure tit. Nice curly brown hair, upstairs and down. Interested?

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Question: Why were they even kidnapping people in the first place? The ransom seemed like it wasn't planned and they only did it when they discovered that Jeff was rich. So if there is no ransom usually, why even kidnap couples to begin with? If it's just to rob them, then that doesn't seem very lucrative for the risk.

Answer: There was always a ransom, or at least that was always the intent. Anyone that didn't have money the kidnappers would just eliminate them. The kidnappers MO was to take a couple and force one of them to empty their bank accounts. Earl makes it clear that the difference in Jeff's case is that they were unable to kidnap the pair at the same time. For whatever reason, Jeff refused to get in the truck with Red, which caused the kidnappers to alter their plans slightly. Earl also gives some insight into how the group chooses their victims. He tells Jeff that he was targeted because he was driving a brand new SUV, which indicated he must have a fair amount of money in the bank. The kidnappers care very little about being caught, they have obviously committed many murders without being found out. They seem to leave very little evidence of their crimes for the police to find. Red is always several steps ahead of the police and is brazen enough to kidnap a man's wife and say directly to him in front of a police officer that the man must have him mistaken for someone else.


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