Life on the Line

November 15th, 2016


Life on the Line

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 5.2/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: David Hackl

Stars: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa

LIFE ON THE LINE is a riveting action thriller and family drama centered on Beau (John Travolta), his beloved niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth) and the hardworking men who risk their lives to work "on the line" and keep the electric grid running. These unsung heroes brave raging storms and dangerously dizzying heights in their dedication to keeping the populace safe. Toiling hundreds of feet in the air on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, tragedy is often inches away. Haunted by the electrocution death of his brother, Beau is devoted to Bailey and determined to see her go off to college and away from the life of linemen. Bailey has other plans, which include the strapping second-generation lineman Duncan (Devon Sawa), whom Beau despises. A deadly tempest is brewing and headed straight to their Texas town. Beau, Duncan and a legion of linemen are thrust into the eye of the storm and must face down impending disaster to keep their community connected. This compelling ...

Writers: Primo Brown, Peter I. Horton, John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Gil Bellows, Julie Benz, Ryan Robbins, Ty Olsson, Sharon Stone, Reese Alexander, Emilie Ullerup, Stuart Stone, Matt Bellefleur, Lydia Styslinger, Christian Michael Cooper, Sidney Grigg, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

John Travolta - Beau
Kate Bosworth - Bailey
Devon Sawa - Duncan
Gil Bellows - Pok' Chop
Julie Benz - Carline
Ryan Robbins - Eugene
Ty Olsson - Danny
Sharon Stone - Duncan's Mother
Reese Alexander - Russell
Emilie Ullerup - Becky
Stuart Stone - Hunter
Matt Bellefleur - Ron
Lydia Styslinger - Elly
Christian Michael Cooper - Dillon
Sidney Grigg - Young Bailey

Taglines: Courage. Risk. Sacrifice.

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Filmed at a country bar in Langley, British Columbia; Gabby's Country Caberet for a bar and fight scene. See more »


User Review


Rating: 1/10

As a past linesman (lineman) and instructor for trainee linesmen, I was intrigued to watch this movie and then appalled at the portrayal of these workers as hard ass, boozed-up bar brawlers. It can be a hazardous job, but I had a four year traineeship and the linesman I worked with were highly trained and not gung-ho rednecks as portrayed in this movie. How a guy that seemingly had just attempted suicide was allowed to just drive home from work afterwards - seriously!! The final scene was ridiculous on so many levels and anyone with even a basic knowledge of power systems would know that (i) you don't power up a city via an isolating switch; (ii) when JT jumped on the switch and pushed it closed would have created a short circuit that would have taken the line protection out, not restored power; and (iii) the guys in the control room cheering as if Bruce Willis had just saved the world in Armageddon - SAVE ME! I think this movie makes a mockery of highly trained safety professionals and does not celebrate their memory at all. Just goes to show how out of touch Hollywood actors are with the real world. But if Lineman in the United States are a bunch of redneck, boozy, bar-brawlers (and I seriously doubt that) then they would love it.


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