A sordid story of sexual passion, sexual crimes, and murder, set among the staff of an English railway line in 1940-41.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruben Roberts
Selina Roberts
Jack Dando
Supt. Fish
Jonathan Moore ...
Sgt. Handy
Percy Cotton
Phyllis Pratt
Vivienne Burgess ...
Mrs. Liddle
Gerard Horan ...
Colin Caine
Flora Mussell
Bryan Pringle ...
Maurice Mussell
Sheila Reid ...
Vera Mussell
Davidson (station master)
Steven Crossley ...
John Muster
Paul McKay ...
Henry Holloway


In wartime England, a railway official learns that the chairman of the line had sexually abused his wife as a child, then given him the job so he could continue having sexual access to her. The husband and wife kill him together, but are seen by a train driver, who also has problems of his own. The wife tries to divert suspicion by implicating another driver and befriending the witness, but it doesn't go that smoothly. Written by Anonymous

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Confusing and Sordid
18 October 2002 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

British TV dramas are sometimes pearls - good acting, psychological depth, ambiguous British morality combined not only once in strikingly good films, worth watching and more.

This is not the case with 'Cruel Train'. An adaptation of an Emile Zola novel, located in 1940 UK at war, this movie cannot decide what path to take

  • dark drama or detective story. The pace is too fast, too many things

happen for a 90 minutes TV space, and characters do not have time to build credibility or to let us understand what is their motivation. Acting is not that good as we are used in other BBC dramas, and overall I remained with a bad taste after watching this brutal and sordid story.

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