As Beau Ginner (Travolta), his “sidekick” Pok’ Chop and his crew of eccentric Lineman are scrambling to upgrade the electrical grid in their Texas county on the tight schedule required by their company’s new contract. They work hundreds of feet in the air, on wires carrying as much as 500,000 volts of electricity, with death only inches away.
Beau is haunted by the electrocution death of his younger brother, which left Beau raising his niece, Bailey (Kate Bosworth) on his own. Now Bailey is a young woman, and Beau is determined that she will go to college and have a life “better” than his. Bailey keeps delaying her college plans and can’t seem to let go of her relationship with ex-boyfriend Duncan (Devon Sawa), a “bad boy” Lineman whom Beau loathes. What no one except Bailey knows is that she is pregnant by Duncan. Adding to her worries are another ex, Ron, who is obsessed with Bailey to the point of stalking her, and the rocky marriage of her friend Carline, who’s husband Eugene is an emotionally fragile lineman and Iraq vet.
A compelling action drama, “Life on the Line” also stars Sharon Stone, Ryan Robbins, Julie Benz and Gil Bellows.
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