The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Margaret Ashcroft ...
Mother (uncredited)
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Woman Asking About Train (uncredited)
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Elderly lady at lost property office (uncredited)
Matthew Perry ...
Little Lost Boy (uncredited)
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The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Director cameo: John Schlesinger - the business man who buys a flower. See more »

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Jamaican Man
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Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Julian Cooper and Michell Raper
Sung by Mike Shaun, Vernon Neptune, and The Don Riddell Singers
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The original 'no comment' documentary.
28 July 2003 | by (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) – See all my reviews

This documentary, from the very first shot of the bee keeper on the roof of Waterloo station, gives a riveting, imaginative and very witty picture of a typical day in the life of a large railway station, but it's main value in the insight it gives into human nature - by simply looking at people going about their daily business the camera paints a many-layered picture of the human psyche. Always fascinating, often funny and sometimes frightening, this film must be one of the greats of documentary cinema. I hope the sad death of John Schlesinger will prompt a revival of his early - and definitely his greatest - films.


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