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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) (21 February 2003)

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$1,940 (USA) (21 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In the opening scene, the locomotive pulling the freight train is a British Rail Class 25/Sulzer Type 2, which was withdrawn from mainline service in 1987, whereas this film is set in 1995.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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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.
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An accurate description of the hell working life has become
14 February 2002 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

This is by no means a movie to be seen for pure entertainment,. This is a REALISTIC movie, so those looking for kicks stay away. Otherwise you will be so disappointed.

I like this movie so much, especially since is the type of movie Hollywood would NEVER make. It sharply portraits how bad working conditions have gotten over the years (which is something I have witnessed firsthand). Treating people like dirt and firing them without a reason have become an end it itself.

Watching this film takes you to the core of what's going on at most workplaces, which obviously won't delight those who think life is pretty, because it ain't. Put your feet on the ground and search for that beauty - you are not going to find it in the treatment workers are getting anywhere. This is the real world, people, whether we like it or not.

While seeing this movie, never did I feel I was in the cinema. I could relate to what the characters were going through.

Of course the movie has no happy end, but if it did would be unreal.

10/10.


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