Gravy Train (G)

June 23, 2009

Gravy Train (G)



Genre: Whimsical epic dramedy set amongst the loveable train-hopping hobo community of depression-era America.

Hoagy (Mickey Rourke) is a penniless drifter, who dreams of a better life. Hoss (Nick Nolte) is his cynical ‘friend’ who always seems to drag them both back down into the gutter.

One day, Hoagy befriends George (Eddie Murphy), a porter on a cross-country train (subplot: in reality, he’s the brains behind the operation and dreams of becoming the first black chairman of a railroad company, replacing his corrupt, racist boss [Daniel Day-Lewis])

George gives Hoagy a job in the dining car, where he displays a previously hidden talent as a chef. Soon the train (& Hoagy’s speciality gravy) is renowned from coast to coast, and Hoagy becomes America’s first celebrity chef.

Just as life start to look rosy for Hoagy, Hoss turns up looking for a piece of the action (along with his freeloading buddies played by Robin Williams, Morgan Freeman and Dame Judi Dench)

Will they ruin Hoagy’s dream? Or will George turn them into a crack train crew, helping them to get themselves (& America) back on track?

Additional Notes:

  • Directed by Ron Howard.
  • Soundtrack to include Amy Winehouse’s single Gravy Train (sung to the tune of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train):

Gravy, so Hoagy knows,

Feeding the people,

Wherever he goes.


Hoss is back stealing,

Who and what’s to blame,

They’re working all together on a gravy train.