Anorak of Fire (1998)

TV Movie  |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 April 1998 (UK)
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Gus, a young trainspotter, has his life turned upside-down when he meets Natalie.


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Credited cast:
Tim Bixton
Michael Atkinson ...
Staff member
Joanna Bacon ...
Doris Capstick
Paul Barnhill ...
Mark Barrows ...
School Prom D.J.
Gil Brailey ...
Mrs O'Rourke
Chris Brailsford ...
Mr Gascoigne
Susan Brown ...
Mrs Gascoigne
Stuart Callaghan ...
Denis Conlan ...
Mr Osslethorpe
Laura Crossley ...
Gus Gascoigne
Nicky Henson ...
Jim O'Rourke
Madge Hindle ...
Mrs Sidebottom
Jack Hudson ...
Mr Blatherwicke


Gus, a young trainspotter, has his life turned upside-down when he meets Natalie.

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An eccentric film about an eccentric subject
5 December 2005 | by (Wellington) – See all my reviews

While railway photography as a hobby makes sense, it is harder to comprehend trainspotting, that is writing down train names and numbers as they pass by. The film's portrayal of trainspotters - wearing their anorak "uniforms" - in general as geeks is therefore not without justification. But, one pretty girl (Natalie) who works in a pharmacy takes on a bet from a co-worker that she can entice such a young man, who she obviously fancies, into other pleasures. Wearing a very short black skirt and boots she partially succeeds in a signal box (switch tower) but her ministrations still produce less of a climax for him than some historic passing locomotives. Eventually though, that changes. Trainspotting is not the only thing parodied, among other things, women's obsession with cake decoration is the object of some fun too. But the central action is around the "train spot" and a High Noon style showdown for the fastest spot, one with with a cigar in the corner of his mouth a la Clint Eastwood is quite amusing. Those who like historic trains will enjoy the obvious anachronisms for a setting in the 1990s.

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