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Rails & Ties (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 April 2008 (Brazil)
A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

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In 1957, a young girl's world is turned upside down when she is forced to move with her family where she is bullied and befriends a reclusive and suicidal war veteran. He teaches her to confront her fears and she helps him forgive himself.

Director: Alison Eastwood
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Storyline

Train fanatic Tom Stark's job enjoyment stops shielding him from grief over his wife Megan's now terminal cancer when Laura Danner commits suicide by planting her car on the railway just before Tom's train arrives. Tom's colleague Otis, who never got over a hobo doing the same on foot, resigns, Tom is suspended. It's even worse for Laura's fatherless son Davey, who loses his home too. He escapes from a monstrous foster-ma's home and tracks down Tom's home. Megan, who was about to leave without allowing him to get closer again during her last weeks, promises to stay if they take on Davey. Boy and childless couple soon grow on each-other, but a social worker is on Davey's trail. Written by KGF Vissers

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When life comes apart, love puts it back together.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, an accident scene, brief nudity and momentary strong language | See all certifications »

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18 April 2008 (Brazil)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,032, 26 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,718, 4 November 2007
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Made in the mould of today's "grey" and pessimist world and society
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This is the directorial debut of Alison Eastwood. Daddy Clint must have taught her his cinema's tricks. That influence is seen, even though this was her first.

Although not a movie without its flaws, it is human, dramatic and real. It's solid on story, drama and actors's performances, particularly the lead actors: Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon and especially Miles Heizer. This boy is sensational! He takes the whole movie alone and makes the movie's best scenes, so realistic is his sorrow. I'm kinda shocked that his filmography is practically TV series and almost no full-length movies. How can that be with a boy this talented?? America doesn't know what it missed!!

Miles Heizer's character (Davey) is, like Kevin Bacon's character said, a strange boy because he is so mature for his age.


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