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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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Larry Mullen Jr is also a member of the group U2. See more »


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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A nice surprise : different and engaging
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had no idea what to expect - I was sitting around checking out the new cable TV offerings and this came up. I was immediately caught up in this wacky little story (the path not taken, trading places, etc.). It's very low key for sure but that's a refreshing change of pace as far as I am concerned. The professor was a bit overly quirky (the nutty professor?) but still, if you accept it, it makes the movie that much more enjoyable.

I did not know that the "thief" was a U2 member - and I am glad I didn't know - I may have pre-judged the performance. I thought he was terrific - his character had fewer lines than Southerland but he definitely has an on screen presence that is engaging (I thought he must be some stage actor transitioning to movies because I'd never seen him before and I do see a lot of movies).

I am surprised to see negative reviews. Yes, the ending was a bit confusing but then it all comes together. One of the more interesting movies I've seen in a quite a while. Worth watching for sure.

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