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Man on the Train (2011)

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A mysterious criminal rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor, his plans ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Nardi ...
Tough Guy
The Boy
R.D. Reid ...
Paula Boudreau ...
Shop Assistant
Samuel C. Jephcott ...
Darbon (as Sam Jephcott)
Pamela Scott ...
Paul Wainwright ...


A mysterious criminal rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor, his plans take an unlikely turn. With no place to stay, the professor generously welcomes him into his home. As the two men talk, a bond forms between these two polar opposites, and surprising moments of humor and compassion emerge. As they begin to understand each other more, they each examine the choices they've made in their lives, secretly longing to live the type of lifestyle the other man has lived, based on the desire to escape their own. Written by Tribeca Film

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28 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Passagem para a Vida  »

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Vivienne: [to the Thief] I've met guys like you before, you know? You're always trouble. Sadness follows you where ever you go. It's not that women like me don't know that. It's just that we're attracted to it all the same. I've never met a good girl but she didn't have a bit of badness in her somewhere.
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"Americans love a tragedy with a happy ending."
28 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a two Character Story about regret and missed opportunities and is fleshed out with a bouncy Performance from Sutherland with Rock Star Mullen standing in for the Role of the Professor's Polar Opposite. Mullen doesn't embarrass Himself with the Face of a road weary Soul, drained of energy and Life itself. But He really does nothing more than stand around, or sit around listening to "Words of Wisdom" with barely a reaction. This is not Acting it is showing up.

This is a delicate Movie with Literary Quotes and What If? contemplations strolling along to a somewhat Metaphysical Conclusion. It is interesting and is engaging enough for this sort of Stuff about a gentile Egghead and a tough and smart Born Loser.

Not the kind of Film for everyone and not the kind of Film that is on anyone's Best List. It is a Diversion, a way to escape from all the typical Hollywood Fare. This one is Laid Back and is couched in a Verbal rather than Visceral Style that is easy to like, but maybe just a little too aloof to Love.

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