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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
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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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A Pearl of Great Price
12 February 2002 | by (Cagayan de Oro, the Philippines) – See all my reviews

Film begin with quote taken from Matthew 13:46. "Who, When he had found one Pearl of Great Price, went and sold all that he had and brought it."

Very moving railroadmania theme, particular with revolving familiar Los Angeles scene, ie. Los Angeles Passenger Union Terminal (LAPUT) name. Pacific Electric's downtown streetcar routes which aren't there anymore and maintenance shop is a rare interesting layout. Right theme and excellent scope on begone Southern Pacific Railroad (also owned Pacific Electric) exposing former corporate culture. Good job, I think, with historical restoration and award-winning 1996 Sundance Cinematography Award led me to wrongly believe that this film took place in 1950's, era which part of nationwide customary act to abandon railroad lines. Great film to watch those with an entrepreneurial mind with preservation cause.


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