MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,123 this week

The Navigators (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 January 2002 (Spain)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,968 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 31 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1234 titles
created 21 Aug 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 12 Jan 2014
 
a list of 21 titles
created 21 Feb 2014
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 05 May 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Navigators" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Navigators (2001)

The Navigators (2001) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Navigators.
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Poor Cow (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham
Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country's 'Red Scare' of the 1930s.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry
The Navigator (2014)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Will they reach their destination?

Director: Eddie Arya
Stars: Jamie Vergan, Sarah Bishop, Audrey Williams
September 11 (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different points of view around the world.

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Maryam Karimi, Mohamad Dolati, Agelem Habibi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand.

Director: Vincent Ward
Stars: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane
The Navigator (1924)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

Directors: Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom
A Misfortune (TV Movie 1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Xenia Deberner, Vyvan Ekkel, Peter Eyre
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Ken Loach
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

McLibel is the inside story of the postman and the gardener who took on the McDonald's Corporation. Filmed over three years, the documentary follows Helen Steel and Dave Morris, anonymous ... See full summary »

Directors: Franny Armstrong, Ken Loach
Stars: Helen Steel, Dave Morris, Veronika Hyks
Questions of Leadership (TV Movie 1983)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Director: Ken Loach
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John
...
Mick (as Tom Craig)
Joe Duttine ...
Paul
Steve Huison ...
Jim
Venn Tracey ...
Gerry
Andy Swallow ...
Len
Sean Glenn ...
Harpic
Charlie Brown ...
Jack
Juliet Bates ...
Fiona
John Aston ...
Bill Walters
Graham Heptinstall ...
Owen
Angela Forrest ...
Tracy (as Angela Saville)
Clare McSwain ...
Lisa
Megan Topham ...
Chloe
Abigail Pearson ...
Eve
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Demiryolcular  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,940 (USA) (21 February 2003)

Gross:

$1,940 (USA) (21 February 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The vest that John wears in the beginning (with the meter) and end (their last job), is actually a British Rail safety vest, over his Gilchrist coat (when he moves you can see the gray on it). He has the combination on before the company is renamed Gilchrist Engineering. See more »

Quotes

Gerry: [Already arguing] 'Elf' and Safety.
Harpic: What do you mean, Health and Safety.
Gerry: Health and Safety.
Harpic: Yeah well what about health and safety.
Gerry: That clock...
Harpic: [trying to cut off] Gerry.
Gerry: -shouldn't be in here; this is our mess room.
Harpic: [raising voice] But, that clock is not a health and safety issue.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Flawed film but a real eye opener
4 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

England. Mid 1990's. British Rail has been privatised and broken up into separate companies with all work put out to tender with the lowest bidder getting the job. This film follows a group of workers in a Yorkshire depot as the culture gradually changes from a world of union influence into a competitive business world.

This is a very sobering film - it deals with the railtrack situation but is more generally about the selling out of the working man and the beginning of the culture that views people as commodities and expenses, just like the rolling stock and the rails. The film opens with the boss of the depot announcing that the company has been privatised and that things will begin to change. It then follows the culture change over the course of time and concludes with a depressingly innocuous exchange that represents the shattering of previously unified spirits.

The culture change beings with mission statements, competing with work and setting levels for "acceptable deaths and continues with an end to previous agreements and a range of different companies. It is very hard to watch without being angry at the treatment of previously proud men as they are reduced to being costs. Workers are offered voluntary redundancy and those that refuse are gradually forced out. Bosses and chief execs identify those workers that have union ties and work to push them out. Workers are encouraged to join temp agencies at higher wages but without benefits or a steady work load thus saving the company money. Those that make trouble with the crews by insisting on safe working conditions etc are blackballed by the agencies and no more work is put their way. The pressure to cut costs to win jobs continues until unskilled workers are used for rail maintenance because they are paid cash in hand while other crews are forced to use "cost-effective" methods to work without a lookout and run the risk of severe accidents.

For those who think that the experiences of the workers are exaggerated for effect, Ken Loach received regular visits from railtrack workers (taking holidays or sick days) to advise on the film to make sure that it was representative of their experiences - they couldn't officially do it as they feared being blacklisted within the company. These things do go on - the rail companies are led by bosses who get huge bonuses from the shareholders as they drive down operating costs by compromising safety and reducing the workforce costs.

If the film has a major flaw it is the one-sided nature of the script. Workers are all represented as jovial, hardworking types, you know - salt of the earth, put down by bosses who only care about money. The latter may well be true but the way the workers constantly joke etc makes them look too good and the film has far too much sympathy for them for it's own good. Even when a group of workers do something completely abhorrent (the end of the film) it is presented as something that they had no choice about whereas really they should have carried some of the blame.

This film was released in Europe but only had a limited release in the UK as it was screened first on TV. It came shortly after the collapse of Railtrack as the Government put it into administration. It was screened days after the Government tried to cover up a report of failing train performances etc and it was screened as inquiries continue into serious derailments with significant loss of life.

In the UK one major accident killed many passengers and was put down to badly maintained rails. The Chief Exec has thus far escaped charges of manslaughter (despite the findings of the Health & Safety Executive) and also left his job with his huge contractually-obliged bonus, before moving on to another job on another board. For those who think that this film is exaggerated you truly have no idea what's going on in the world of big business.

As the Government continue plans for part privatisation of the London Underground and have further plans to privatise air traffic control this film is a very scary thing. Once we forget the people who make up workforces that only leave numbers. When shareholders become more important than the public and the workers then costs are all that matters and all corners are cut to boost the share price.

This film has it's flaws and will not change Government policy one bit. But this is a very sobering film that will open you eyes to what is done to satisfy shareholders and earn bonuses for upper management.


32 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How much realsim do u think this film has? angel_in_disguisek1
Near enough a documentary agitatoruk
What's the meaning of the title? higgs_boson
Who played the foreman? jord_cullen
Dean Andrews fansite DeanFanSite
Obviously capitalism does not work... dalibor-jokic
Discuss The Navigators (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?