MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,566 this week

The Railway Children (1970)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,348 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 15 critic

After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.

Director:

Writers:

(celebrated novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 05 Apr 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 17 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Jun 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Railway Children (1970)

The Railway Children (1970) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Railway Children.
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Wombles (TV Series 1973)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The misadventures of a fantasy folk community dedicated to cleaning up litter and put it to their own use.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Dieter Hallervorden
The Railway Children (TV Movie 2000)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dramatisation of E Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.

Director: Catherine Morshead
Stars: Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper
Catweazle (1970–1971)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Catweazle is a magician from the time of the Normans who is cast into the future by magic. With the help of two boys he uses magic in an attempt to return to his own time.

Stars: Geoffrey Bayldon, Robin Davies, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
Family | Mystery | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Jeffries
Stars: Laurence Naismith, Graham Crowden, Dorothy Alison
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mrs. Waterbury (as Miss Dinah Sheridan)
...
Albert Perks (as Mr. Bernard Cribbins)
William Mervyn ...
Old Gentleman (as Mr. William Mervyn)
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Charles Waterbury (as Mr. Iain Cuthbertson)
...
Roberta 'Bobbie' Waterbury (as Miss Jenny Agutter)
Sally Thomsett ...
Phyllis Waterbury (as Miss Sally Thomsett)
Gary Warren ...
Peter Waterbury (as Master Gary Warren)
Peter Bromilow ...
Doctor
Ann Lancaster ...
Ruth
Gordon Whiting ...
Russian
Beatrix Mackey ...
Deddie Davies ...
David Lodge ...
Bandmaster
Christopher Witty ...
Jim
Brenda Cowling ...
Edit

Storyline

The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Edwardian London. One night in 1905, the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railway, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What's the unexpected secret that turns their world upside down? See more »

Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Aseman lapset  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The eldest of the railway children, Roberta, is named after Berta Ruck, a close friend of E. Nesbit's. See more »

Goofs

The rail-level shot of the train approaching the children in the 'landslide sequence' is a different location to the remainder of the scene, having been shot at the northern portal of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Mytholmes Tunnel, with the parapets of Mytholmes viaduct visible in the middle-distance - the remainder of the scene was filmed several hundred yards further along the line in visibly different surroundings. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis Waterbury: I hope mother doesn't get too wet in Wakefield.
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the end credit captions are displayed the shot tracks towards a steam locomotive, in front of which are gathered the principal cast. They are surrounded by extras portraying local townspeople, who wave and say goodbye to the audience. All the while, Jenny Agutter is preoccupied with writing something on a slate. As the camera reaches her, she holds it up to display the words "The End". See more »

Connections

Version of The Railway Children (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Clifton
Performed by Perks at the birthday party
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not a dry eye in the house
14 July 2004 | by (Cheltenham, England) – See all my reviews

Back in 1970 at the tender age of 23, I fell hopelessly in love with Jenny Agutter - and remain so to this day. For it is this film for which she will always be associated - and for the very best reasons. It in no way typecast Miss Agutter, but clearly marked her as an actress of outstanding ability.

Nesbit's characters are brought to life by Lionel Jeffries production in what must be one of literature's most heart rending stories. It has everything - pathos, compassion, empathy, humour, loyalty and love, attributes once common in Great Britain, but sadly no longer.

Who can suppress those tears at Bobby's discovery of her Father at the station. "My Daddy... my Daddy...!" as she runs towards him?

This film should be available on prescription - it is indeed a tonic for whatever ails you.

As for my love of Miss Agutter - it remains undiminished, and when I see her today, I still see that porcelain complexion, those bewitching eyes and that come hither smile.


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ridiculous PC Editing Jamesina_Bond_007
Bobby's birthday scene finnbarius
The touching ending William_Britton
Questions re Ann Lancaster and Peter Bromilow daph60
The London house akv1
The UK premiere: was it in London or Keighley? martinu-2
Discuss The Railway Children (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?