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2 July 1998 (Singapore) See more »
Metroland is not a location - it is a state of mind.
The sudden reappearance of his best friend Toni, after ten years absence, causes Chris to remember his past, to question some of his lifestyle decisions and to re-evaluate his life and marriage to Marion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A man questions his life's direction when an old friend comes for a visit. See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christian Bale ... Chris

Emily Watson ... Marion

Lee Ross ... Toni

Elsa Zylberstein ... Annick

John Wood ... The Retired Commuter

Rufus ... Henri

Amanda Ryan ... Joanna

Jonathan Aris ... Dave

Ifan Meredith ... Mickey
Boris Terral ... Jacques

Lucy Speed ... Punk Girl
Bill Thomas ... Middle-Aged Commuter
Bethan Fairbairn ... Amy
Daisy Fairbairn ... Amy
Del Bartle ... One of The Subverts
Gareth Batson ... One of The Subverts
Danny De Matos ... One of The Subverts
Brad Waissman ... One of The Subverts
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Burton ... Secretary (uncredited)
Brian Protheroe ... Woody (uncredited)
Clare Wilkie ... Girl at School Dance (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Saville 
Writing credits
Julian Barnes (novel)

Adrian Hodges (screenplay)

Produced by
Andrew Bendel .... producer
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre .... co-producer
Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre .... executive producer: France
François-Xavier Decraene .... line producer: France
John Wyn Evans .... executive producer: Blue Horizon
Adrian Hodges .... associate producer
Enrique Posner .... co-producer
Joy Spink .... line producer
Cinematography by
Jean-François Robin 
Film Editing by
Greg Miller 
Casting by
Kate Rhodes James 
Production Design by
Don Taylor 
Art Direction by
Mark Kebby 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
Makeup Department
Beverley Binda .... makeup assistant
Elaine Nicholas .... makeup assistant
Roseann Samuel .... makeup designer (as RoseAnn Samuel)
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Gwenael Camuzard .... assistant unit manager
François-Xavier Decraene .... production manager: France
Jean-Marc Duez .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... second assistant director
Thomas Brutschi .... second assistant director: France
Nanna Mailand-Hansen .... third assistant director
Laurent Soulet .... assistant director: France
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Michel Battaggia .... production buyer: France
Ed Cotton .... art department graphics (as Edward Cotton)
Sandra Creac'h .... production buyer: France
Marcel Daudin .... propman: France
Nicolas Fagard .... production buyer: France (as Nicolas Faggard)
Hugh Fottrell .... stand-by propman
Ian Fryer .... dressing propman
Patrick Guyot .... production buyer: France
Stephane Hascouét .... production buyer: France
Rebecca Holmes .... assistant art director
Wesley Peppiatt .... dressing propman
Gilbert Pignol .... stand-by painter: France
Paul Purdy .... stand-by propman
Marie-Claire Quin .... assistant art director: France
Joe Sheehan .... stand-by carpenter
Michael Standish .... buying assistant
Roger Wilkins .... construction manager
Nick Wood .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Chuck Ainlay .... sound recording engineer
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Ken Barton .... dialogue editor
Stuart Davies .... dialogue editor
Tom Fawcett .... foley editor
Simon Gershon .... sound effects editor
Tim Owens .... dialogue editor
John Pitt .... sound maintenance
Jeremy Price .... foley recordist
Andre Schmidt .... sound effects editor
John Sewell .... foley artist
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist
Fiona Woolley .... sound effects editor
Tom Delmar .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Attwood .... electrician
Eric Baraillon .... electrician: France
Tony Burns .... electrician (as Tony Burnes)
Danny Cohen .... clapper loader
Alain Dutartre .... camera operator: second unit, France
Paul Englefield .... director of photography: second unit
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Ron Fleet .... grip
Ian Franklin .... electrician
Leigh Gold .... focus puller: second unit
Merritt Gold .... focus puller: second unit
Dave Gray .... stand-by rigger
Barry Moore .... best boy electric (as Barry More)
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician
Marie-Laure Prost .... focus puller: second unit, France (as Marie-Laure Prost-Pierret)
Jamie Sewell .... clapper loader: second unit
Rosalyn Shearn .... camera trainee
Mitch Spooner .... generator operator
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
John Tygier .... photographer: Chris's photographs
Richard Vidal .... electrician: France
Jimmy Wilson .... gaffer
Andy Young .... grip: second unit
Sean Young .... stand-by rigger
Casting Department
Paula Chevallet .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Kot .... assistant costume designer (as Anna Koy)
Stephen Miles .... wardrobe master
Bernard Minne .... wardrobe assistant: : France
Carla Pope .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Michael Brierley .... on-line editor (as Michael Jonathan Brierley)
Laura Evans .... assistant editor
Abigail Webber .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Richard Bennett .... musician: guitars
Roz Colls .... music supervisor
Jim Cox .... musician: keyboards
Chad Cromwell .... musician: drums
Guy Fletcher .... musician: keyboards
Mark Knopfler .... music producer
Mark Knopfler .... musician: guitars
Steve Sidwell .... musician: trumpet
Chris White .... musician: saxophones
Glenn Worf .... musician: bass
Transportation Department
Julian Cole .... unit driver
John Coleman .... unit driver
Mick Crowley .... unit driver
Melvin Kiernan .... unit driver
Paris Leonti .... unit driver (as Barry Leonti)
Hugh McLellan .... unit driver
Gary Preston .... unit driver
Nick Smalley .... unit driver
Paul Thompson .... unit driver
Ricky Titcombe .... unit driver
Bob Turner .... unit driver
Jon Wilson .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Laure Auger-Robert .... production secretary: France
Jean-Paul Battaggia .... location manager: France
Carole Brooks .... assistant accountant
Elaine Burt .... production coordinator
Gwenael Camuzard .... production assistant: France
Lionel Champaud .... production assistant: France
John Clifford .... stand-in
Warren Cowan .... publicist: Phil Symes Associates
Edouard de Chabaneix .... assistant to co-producer
Tom Delmar .... fight arranger
Chris Dinbar .... unit nurse
Jacques Dubecq .... accountant: France
Jean-Marc Duez .... production assistant: France
Stephan Guillemet .... assistant location manager: France
Michele Hartley .... stand-in
Joseph Jayawardena .... assistant location manager
William Klein .... extracts of "Grands Soirs et Petite Matins" courtesy of
Alice Lefrançois .... assistant to co-producer: France
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Angela Neillis .... assistant to producer
Alex Oakley .... floor runner
Benjamin Ogley .... production runner (as Ben Ogley)
Sue Quinn .... location manager
Phil Rymer .... legal services: Marriott Harrison
David Smith .... unit publicist
Trevor Stanley .... production accountant
Julien Toujan .... assistant location manager: France
Joanna Ball .... title designer: Jo and Co. (uncredited)
Harrison Cheung .... publicist (uncredited)
Kim Ballard .... thanks
Ed Bicknell .... thanks
Brigitte Brauner .... thanks: Mairie De Paris
Simon Broad .... thanks
Christopher Cameron .... thanks
Philippe Carcassonne .... thanks
Jenne Casarotto .... thanks
Susy Coy .... thanks
Mark Dunford .... thanks
Graham Easton .... thanks
Barrie Ellis .... thanks (as Barrie Ellis-Jones)
George Faber .... thanks
Thomas Gardiner .... thanks
Ilann Girard .... thanks
Ernst Goldschmidt .... thanks
Said Hamadi .... thanks
Boyd Harvey .... thanks
Billy Hinshelwood .... thanks
Gerard Lasselin .... thanks
Cameron McCracken .... thanks
Tommy Moran .... thanks
Norman North .... thanks
Roger Paddison .... thanks
Simon Perry .... thanks
Robyn Slovo .... thanks
Bernie Stampfer .... thanks
David Wilder .... thanks
Kate Wilson .... thanks

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language
105 min | USA:101 min
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Anachronisms: When sitting in the Pub talking about sleeping with "other" women and having sex with the same person for so long, the song heard on the juke-box in the background is Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing". Although an early version of the song had indeed been recorded in June 1977 and even received significant airplay in London, the particular version heard wasn't recorded until mid 1978.See more »
Marion:Anyway, I want it to be you that I make love to.
Chris:It's me! It's me, darling!
Marion:No, it's not. It's eight pints of lager with an erection.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A man questions his life's direction when an old friend comes for a visit., 10 April 1999
Author: FISK-2 from Jersey City, NJ

If Francois Truffaut were still alive today I think Metroland would easily fit into his oeuvre. A film about a person taking stock of himself at the crossroads, Metroland introduces us to a suburban utopia where people go to work everyday, take their kids to school, and wash their cars on the weekend. Christian Bale seems to accept this life until an old friend rings him up wanting to revisit the old times. Throughout the film we see what Bale's character could've been and how much happier he thought he was. Metroland's assertion is to accept life for what it is and not what it is not. Not everyone's cup of tea as evidenced by Bale's boyhood chum but being the film's setting takes place during the late seventies in England right before the rise of Thatcherism may be a subtle stab at what the middle class of the film will come to accept. Conformity over confrontation may ultimately be Metroland's theme no matter how much it hurts us to admit it.

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