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A man released from jail, where he had served time for doctoring the books of a gangster, has to go into hiding from the gangster's men. He moves into a Dublin boarding house run by a woman and her timid daughter. The timid woman immediately takes a shine to the new boarder and to his train sets, which they each use as an escape from reality. However, her mother doesn't like their relationship and they both are chased by the gangsters. Written by
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Night Train is a brilliant and sensitive film. It is directed in a wonderfully subtle way by John Lynch and acted by a distinguished ensemble cast which includes the great Pauline Flanagan as Mrs. Mooney. John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn could not be better cast in their roles of Poole the conman and Alice the shy bookworm. Their blossoming romance is a delight to experience and puts one in mind of another great film, Brief Encounter. The chemistry between Hurt and Blethyn is unsurpassed, in my opinion, particularly in the scene where she agrees to run away with him. Brenda has never been better, before or since, as she avoids the usual histrionics in a performance devoid of artifice and understated to sheer perfection. Director take a bow.
Delighted to see that Night Train is now available on DVD in the USA and Canada on the Madacy label and that it has also been re-released in the UK. Has anyone seen it on TV in the UK? The music by Adam Lynch is superb. Great performances, great direction, great soundtrack, great movie. 10 out of 10.
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