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The Railway Children (1970)

G  |   |  Family, Drama  |  26 December 1970 (UK)
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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.

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Mrs. Waterbury (as Miss Dinah Sheridan)
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Albert Perks (as Mr. Bernard Cribbins)
William Mervyn ...
Old Gentleman (as Mr. William Mervyn)
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Charles Waterbury (as Mr. Iain Cuthbertson)
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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 ...
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Beatrix Mackey ...
Deddie Davies ...
David Lodge ...
Bandmaster
Christopher Witty ...
Jim
Brenda Cowling ...
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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>

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Family | Drama

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26 December 1970 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The late Bob Cryer, his wife Ann Cryer and son John were all extras during the filming on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Labour MP Bob Cryer was a prime mover in restoring the historic railway, and played the train guard. In the final scene, Bernard Cribbins can be heard to say "Right away, Mr Cryer" before the the train pulls out. Likewise, Graham Mitchell, another volunteer, played a train guard in other scenes and Bernard Cribbins again referred to him by name. See more »

Goofs

When the children catch their first view of the 'Green Dragon' express thundering out of the tunnel adjacent to their home, a shot of the fireman stoking the locomotive shows a stationary bush in the window behind him, indicating the sequence was shot on a halted engine. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Waterbury: May I borrow your lamp please.
Cart Man: I dare say.
Mrs. Waterbury: If you say 'I dare say' once more I shall have hysterics, I dare say.
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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
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Simply perfect!
5 May 2005 | by (Durham) – See all my reviews

Perhaps once in a generation a film comes along that is perfection. For me, "The Railway Children" is that film - a timeless classic that was directed and performed most beautifully. It depicts all that is worthwhile in humanity and climaxes in the conquest of love and faith over cruel injustice. Every performance is a gem, though Bobbie stands out and, like Judy Garland as Dorothy before her, Jenny Agutter makes it impossible for us to imagine anyone else in the role.

The world is all the better for this film and the children of today would be much the better for watching it.

Of course, like so many young men of my generation, I fell hopelessly in love with Jenny Agutter and her hold was as strong when I had the great good fortune to meet her a few days ago - the bewitching smile and voice like dripping honey were still there to send me weak at the knees as they first did all those years ago!


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