BBC2 Playhouse: Season 7, Episode 1

Caught on a Train (31 Oct. 1980)

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Frau Messner
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Peter
Wendy Raebeck ...
Lorraine
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Preston
Ingo Mogendorf ...
Kellner
Louis Sheldon ...
Dietrich
Michael Kingsbury ...
Hans
John Dolan ...
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Christopher Frederick ...
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Ken Shaw ...
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Terry Gurry ...
Belgian Guard
Baron Casanov ...
Fat Man
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Richard Merson ...
Porter
Lex van Delden ...
Waiter
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Peter boards a train to attend an important business meeting across Europe. His train trip is made more complicated by two women also assigned to his train compartment. One is an independent American whom Peter finds attractive. The other is Frau Messner - an extremely particular and demanding older European woman. Between the two of them, they try different aspects of Peter's patience... Written by Anonymous

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Darn near faultless
14 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Since it's first showing, I have seen this film about five times over the intervening years, just yesterday acquiring the DVD. It's a 'must-see' classic piece of television drama (but very much a 'filmic' experience). The quality of the writing, acting and direction are pretty much near faultless. Watch, appreciate, and don't let anyone disturb you for its 80 minutes running time. Ban all talking in the room if you are watching it with others.

And now, some fill-in to make this review 10 lines in length (why does IMDb insist on a minimum of 10 lines for a review?). With such a requirement, one has to waffle if one does not wish to go on at length and encapsulate one's feelings about the film in question in a mini-review. IMDb, please alter this ridiculous requirement of 10 lines minimum personal reviews. Short and succinct and "to the point" should be the order of the day. Many noteworthy film review books (not Halliwell's by the way) have four or five line length film reviews, and that does not in any way detract from their readability or opinion or contribution.


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