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The Railway Man (2013)

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A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

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Jonathan Teplitzky

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Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Andy Paterson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irvine ... Young Eric
Colin Firth ... Eric
Stellan Skarsgård ... Finlay
Nicole Kidman ... Patti
Michael MacKenzie Michael MacKenzie ... Sutton
Jeffrey Daunton Jeffrey Daunton ... Burton
Tanroh Ishida ... Young Takeshi Nagase
Bryan Probets ... Major York
Tom Stokes ... Withins
Tom Hobbs ... Thorlby
Sam Reid ... Young Finlay
Akos Armont ... Jackson
Takato Kitamoto Takato Kitamoto ... Japanese Officer
Keith Fleming Keith Fleming ... Removal Man
Ben Aldridge ... Baliff
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Storyline

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? Written by Anonymous

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Revenge is never a straight line.


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Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Switzerland | UK | Australia

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Railway Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,845, 13 April 2014

Gross USA:

$4,438,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,320,893
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stellan Skarsgård (Finlay) & Nicole Kidman (Patti) also worked together on Dogville (2003) as Chuck & Grace Margaret Mulligan respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Eric and Patti first meet on the train, Eric eats his homemade lunch and drinks from his thermos cup. When he exits the train he leaves the thermos on the table. See more »

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Eric: At the beginning of time, the clock struck one. A drop of dew, and the clock struck two. From the dew grew a tree, and the clock struck three. Then the tree made a door, and the clock struck four. Then man came alive, And the clock struck five. Count not, waste not, the hours of the clock. Behold I stand at the door and knock.
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Featured in Projector: The Railway Man (2014) See more »

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Introduction (Prelude) from Gadfly Suite
Performed by Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and Theodore Kuchar (Conductor)
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (as D. Shostakovich)
Published by Native Tongue Publishing
Licensed Courtesy of Select Audio Visual Distribution on behalf of Naxos
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A remarkable true story with fine acting by Firth
23 July 2014 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

War casts long shadows over both nations and individuals and, when the fighting stops, the pain remains. This is the remarkable story of a British officer who became a prisoner of war when the Japanese took Singapore in early 1942, worked on the infamous Burma-Siam railway, and suffered terrible torture for constructing a radio receiver.

Eric Lomax is played by Jeremy Irvine (wartime) and Colin Firth (post-war), while his lead kempei torturer Takeshi Nagase is portrayed by Tanroh Ishida and then Hiroyuki Sanada. Nicole Kidman sports a good English accent (as she did in "The Hours") as Lomax's (second) wife, but the casting of the Swedish Stellan Skarsgård is odd.

This is not a easy film to watch but tells a moving real-life story that is ultimately up- lifting. In the central role, Firth is impressive. Like a good wine, this is an actor who improves with age.


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