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October 26th, 2014

The True Story The Movie Unstoppable Is Based On

The True Story The Movie Unstoppable Is Based OnPerhaps one day when I am old grumpy and stuck up I will hate hearing from people who read our site but for the time being I still love it. ( Well accept you trolls, keep your fingers to yourself ). I was really curious about the ‘Inspired by a True Story’ tag on Unstoppable and just how true it was when out of the blue a reader left me the following comment;

This film was “inspired by” a true story. Denzel’s character was based on my brother in law, Jess Knowlton, who actually chased and caught that train back in 2001. My sister, Jess’ wife, was very ill with cancer during the filming of “Unstoppable”, and did not live to see it finished.

At the end of the movie, the credits say “In memory of Hollie Haines Knowlton.” I found the film thrilling, but that dedication was worth the price of admission for me!

When I saw the tag I assumed that much like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre it was 99% b.s. and 1% Kinda truth if your drunk on draino. Turns out Unstoppable is at least a very similar premise and is based around a near train catastrophe that took place on May 15th 2001.

A train with over 40 cars attached to it somehow managed to leave the Stanley Rail Yard in Ohioa and travelled 66 miles before finally being stopped by an incredibly brave pair of men Jesse Knowlton and Terry Forson who took it upon themselves  to use another train to chase it down and stop the ‘unstoppable’ train.

Unstoppable is now playing in theatres in stars Chris Pine and Denzel Washington. You can read Lukes review of Unstoppable You can read the entire report on the real accident in the CNN Archives at the link. Thanks to Captain Howdy for the link!




11 Comments


  1. Anonymous

    That is an incredible story. I too had my doubts about the “inspired by a true story” tag, especially after The Strangers misused it so blatantly. But this is a refreshing change.
    You can read the original true story here. http://bit.ly/axzQDR


  2. I think is a thrilling movie and well directed,Denzel Washington is the best


  3. I went to see it with Rita my wife luiggi my son and grandson jonatan


  4. Mcelroyctrptr

    I took two of my grandchildren and my granddaughter said it was the best movie ever! I concur.


  5. Anonymous

    Yup awesome!


  6. Jennifer

    LOVED the movie!


  7. Poop

    Hmmmmm…Poop


  8. CSPITZ38

    WHAT AN AWESOME ACTION MOVIE.  I DIDNT REALIZE THIS WAS A TRUE STORY. IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO WATCH IT, DO SO. A TRUE STORY OF AN UNSTOPPABLE TRAIN GOING THRU SOUTHERN  AND CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. IM FROM PITTSBURGH, SO THIS IS REALLY COOL.


  9. Aoron Z.

    I don’t remember anything about this being on the news when it happened. Although I was in 8th grade on May 2001, so I guess its not a huge surprise that I didn’t know about it or forgot when you consider what happened later that year in September. 
    To be honest, I was kinda hoping this website would say where, in the movie, things were embellished and where the real life parts are. But I do appreciate the fact that its better than no site at all =)


  10. p6969r

    Loved it!



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