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Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)

| Drama | 2 May 1997 (USA)
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The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of the Merced River Canyon to its terminus at El Portal outside Yosemite National Park, is on ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Peter Alexander ...
John
Jeri Arredondo ...
Nancy
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Robinson
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Skeeter
Jonah Bauer
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Angela (as Bok Yun Chon)
David Chung ...
Mr. Lee
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Pinchot
Diana Larkin ...
Wendy
Corine Lorain ...
Mrs. Lee (as Corinne Lorain)
Joan Newmark ...
Mrs. Hopper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Boyce ...
John's Lawyer
Tom Challis ...
Drunken Sailor
Susanne Columbia ...
Prostitute
Michael K. Hall ...
Mr. Donner
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The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of the Merced River Canyon to its terminus at El Portal outside Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to save this railroad from being sold for scrap. His love of trains finds him working as a railroad-man, instead of at his father's profitable business. He manages to locate a wealthy eccentric investor to help him acquire the railroad, but its financial inviability makes this a quixotic reprieve, at best. The film also portrays the anti-Asian racism present in America at the conclusion of World War II. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Almost...but not quite
13 February 2008 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie. The visuals are spectacular and the filler shots of vintage Los Angeles are amazing. A lot of work and care went into crafting all of the visuals, from the scenery to props and the whole railroad itself. The story has some serious possibility, even being based on an actual railway (the Yosemite Valley RR did exist and ended operations in 1945 and an 18 yr old kid named John McFadden who worked at the Pacific Electric Railway DID try to save the RR). But, alas, that's where it ends. The acting was painfully flat and almost felt like a first reading of a script at a high school play. None of the characters were even very compelling, except the YVRR itself. There were a couple of throw away scenes that depicted the racism against Asians, but they could have easily landed on the cutting room floor with no loss to the movie. The soundtrack is appropriate, but the abysmal acting kills this movie. It breaks my heart to say it, but with just better acting and a slightly better script and you have a great love letter to railroading history.


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