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Old No. 587: The Great Train Robbery (2000)

A group of children try to save an old steam locomotive from the scrap yard with the help of the engine's driver and his dog.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ran Burns ...
Russell Stockman
Nick Abeel ...
Alex Thomas Phillips
Ariadne Baker-Dunn ...
Molly Phillips
Roger Schmelzer ...
Jim Phillips
Amy Anderson ...
Debby Phillips
Courtney Bolin ...
Emily
Stuart McWhirter ...
Jake
Pat Patterson ...
Ben
Ashley Schultz ...
Julie
Morgan McMillan ...
Wendy Shaffer
Alex Hall ...
Starter
Lindsay Hearn ...
Car 54 Racer (as Lindsay Heam)
LaTija Lipscomb ...
Car 54 Passenger
Stephen Goforth ...
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Zach Neiditch ...
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On the day of the big race, Alex and his friends line their sopabox racers up at the top of the steepest and longest hill in the neighborhood. With his sister Molly watching from the sidelines, the checkered flag waves and the race is on! After a slow start, Alex deploys his secret fifth wheel and accelerates from last place to the head of the pack. But the incredible speed gained is countered by complete loss of control as he rushes headlong into Deadman's Curve and crashes through an old wooden fence. After the dust settles, Alex discovers a fully-functional steam locomotive, "The 587" - destined for the scrap heap. He and his sister Molly devise a plan to rescue the antique engine with the help of an old engineer, Russel, his dog, Sparky, and about every kid in the neighborhood. Thus begins their awesome adventure, "587: The Great Train Robbery." Written by Anonymous

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Mixed review
30 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 15 years, I've written approximately one review. IMO, though, anybody thinking about this movie needs some warning.

The acting is bad, to the point of being painful. And it wasn't just one actor; every one of them seemed to be performing the art of Reciting Lines. The writing didn't give them very good lines to recite, either... and on a larger scale, the plot was uninspired and predictable, the premise thin and nonsensical.

Directing-- I'm not sure there was any. Editing-- there WERE a couple of unnecessary "Family Guy"-style interrupts that added nothing to the film. Two of them. Just jarring little "what the **** was that?" kind of shots. Overall, the entire film was of a par to something made by promising middle-school students.

My wife and I were increasingly dismayed watching this, until we started MST3K-ing it. Ridiculing it made it tolerable, and somewhat enjoyable in a sarcastic way.

But all this is like reviewing a children's book for its literary merit. After the movie was over, our 7-year-old son said he really liked it and thanked us for "making" him watch it. And since I rented it thinking HE might find it interesting, I guess it served its purpose.


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