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  • Liam Neeson and Sam Neill were both contenders for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which eventually went to Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. Neill was also considered for Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). Additionally, both actors starred in a Steven Spielberg film in 1993 (Schindler's List (1993) and Jurassic Park (1993)).
  • Reunites Liam Neeson and Patrick Wilson, who co-starred in The A-Team (2010).
  • Liam Neeson and Elizabeth McGovern's first collaboration since Clash of the Titans (2010).
  • Although they share no scenes here, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson's third collaboration, following The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016).
  • Fourth collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson, following Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015).
  • Second collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Vera Farmiga, following Orphan (2009).
  • The second film to feature Vera Farmiga and an incident on a commuter train, following Source Code (2011).
  • Patrick Wilson plays a cop named Alex Murphy. Alex Murphy was the name of the cop from RoboCop.
  • Towards the beginning of the film when Neeson's character is walking through Grand Central Terminal, there is a poster for Paddington 2, which shared its US release date with The Commuter on January 12th.
  • When Liam Neeson's character walks through Grand Central Station. In the background, there is a poster for "Paddington 2" (2018) which had its US theatrical release the same week as the US release of "The Commuter".
  • The character of Alex Murphy, played by Patrick Wilson, shares the name with another famous movie cop, who turned into Robocop (1987).
  • Jonathan Banks plays a character named Walt in this movie. In the TV show Breaking Bad (2008) he was often at odds with the main character, who was also named Walt.
  • Patrick Wilson plays a cop named Alex Murphy. This also happens to be the titular character's name in another cop movie, RoboCop (1987), although it is unclear if the reference is intentional or coincidental.
  • At the beginning of the film you can see the book cover of a book. The book is called The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento, 2001), by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose action takes place, as in the following 3 sequels of the saga, in Barcelona, birthplace of the director, Jaume Collet-Serra.
  • At the beginning of the movie the book "The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zaf?n, can be seen on Liam Neeson's nightstand. Zaf?n is from Barcelona, as is director Jaume Collet-Serra.
  • The town where Liam's character lives is Tarrytown. Despite the mentioned train stations being fictitious, Tarrytown is the only town existing for real on the Metro North Railroad leading into Grand Central.
  • Tarrytown is the town next to Sleepy Hollow which is the main location for the Johnny Depp movie Sleepy Hollow (1999).
  • The watch Michael wore is Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz, the same watch Liam Neeson's character Bryan Mills wore in Taken 2 (2012).
  • Elizabeth McGovern starred in The Handmaid's Tale with Liam Neeson's late wife Natasha Jane Richardson.
  • The sixteen personalities that Joanna refers to when she strikes up the initial conversation on the train are the Myers Briggs types.
  • The phone on the corpse rings and comes up as 'Unknown'. This is the title of another film in which Liam Neeson stars.
  • Despite receiving the prominent second billing, Vera Farmiga has only about 6 minutes of screen time.


  • This is the second film to co-star Liam Neeson and Colin McFarlane, following Batman Begins (2005). This is also another film featuring Liam Neeson in which his character is stuck on a train about to derail and/or crash within roughly the last 30 minutes since Batman Begins.
  • A major plot point is the search for a character named "Prynne," which, as MacCauley discovers, is derived from the Hester Prynne character in The Scarlet Letter (1995), which the character is reading. Captain Hawthorne's name is probably a reference to the man who wrote original novel - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  • The film's plot bears similarities with Neeson's previous film Non-Stop (2014). Both films feature Neeson's character traveling; both characters are looking for a passenger who is hiding something that puts others in danger; they're both suspected by authorities to be the criminals themselves; they both save the day at the end of the films.
  • The book that Joanna is reading in the last scene of the movie, when Michael approaches her to arrest her, is The Count Of Monte Cristo, a novel about justice, revenge and imprisonment.
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