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Catching Out (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 11 January 2003 (USA)
This documentary explores the world of hobos and freight train hopping. Filmmaker Sarah George follows Switch and Baby Girl, two hobos who must give up the rails when Baby Girl becomes ... See full summary »

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This documentary explores the world of hobos and freight train hopping. Filmmaker Sarah George follows Switch and Baby Girl, two hobos who must give up the rails when Baby Girl becomes pregnant with child. We also meet Lee, who lives in the forest when he isn't riding the rails. We see hobo culture as an adventurous rejection of the modern humdrum of American life. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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vb: the act of hopping a freight train n: a film about people who hop freight trains ...it changes your perspective completely.

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Filmmaker Sarah George had arranged to interview a famous "bull" (what the hobos call a hired freight yard goon) named Roger the Dodger, but when his railroad, Southern Pacific, was bought out by Union Pacific, he back out of the interview, fearing for his job. See more »

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They know every engineer on every train....
21 August 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a pleasant, affectionate look at a group of adventurous people who call themselves "hobos" or "tramps" and ride the rails as a way of life. Of course these drifters romanticize themselves, but they are charming nonetheless. The movie is a little short on background, I felt. I wanted to know more about what brought them to riding the rails, but I loved meeting Switch, Baby Girl, Lee, and all the rest. You learn a lot about these folks from their advice to newcomers to the railyards: Be afraid of the "bulls" (railroad police) and treat other railroad workers with decency and respect; they are likely to return the favor. There is a terrific soundtrack.


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