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The Navigators (2001)

Five Yorkshiremen try to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company.

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In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading East Midland Infrastructure, it is clear that there will be the inevitable winners and losers as downsizing and efficiency become the new buzzwords. A cheery camaraderie is soon replaced by uncertainty and turmoil when their depot manager fills them in on the details of the new arrangement. Privatization means that the customer now comes first, something that is instilled into the men in new training sessions. But there are inconsistencies and shortsightedness to the new ways. Men used to working together now find themselves belonging to different, competing companies. Some even have to tender for their old jobs. Others decide to take the redundancy packages offered by the firm. As always, corners are cut in the interest of lowering costs, leading to a series of misadventures. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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11 January 2002 (Spain)  »

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$1,940 (USA) (23 February 2003)

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$1,940 (USA) (23 February 2003)
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In the opening scene, the locomotive pulling the freight train is a British Rail Class 25/Sulzer Type 2, which was withdrawn from mainline service in 1987, whereas this film is set in 1995. See more »

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[Harpic is reading a briefing to his staff about the new rules under privatization]
Harpic: Oh, now listen, now this really *is* important: "Deaths must be kept to an acceptable level".
Gerry: What's "an acceptable level"?
Harpic: Er, "two a year".
Gerry: But nobody's been killed for the past eighteen months.
Jim: Any volunteers?
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FAR FROM BEING BORING
31 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Marvelous film set in South Yorkshire, using local actors and comedians, done not so much in a documentary style, but with a documentary feel, about a group of railroad track workers during the privatization of British Rail. The culture changing from one of unionized steady jobs, to one of freelancing with no health care or holidays and for the sake of economy, stretching security which leads to the death of one of the workers. This presumably low budget film, shot all on location, is gritty, real, and is a wonderful insight into the British working class and its humor. A real treasure.

The fact that the previous reviewer apparently had other problems on her mind at the time should not dissuade anyone from seeing this excellent example of Ken Loach's work.


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