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Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Older João Eca
Young Jorge O'Kelly
Older Jorge O'Kelly
Marco D'Almeida ...
Young João
Father Bartolomeu
Nicolau Breyner ...
Da Silva
Jane Thorne ...
Older Clotilde
Judge Prado


About an aging Swiss professor of classical languages who, after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for a scene of violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comboio Noturno Para Lisboa  »

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€7,700,000 (estimated)

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Vanessa Redgrave was originally cast for the role of Adriana de Prado, however Charlotte Rampling replaced her. See more »


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Amadeu: We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. Now we have covered the stretch of our lives, no matter how brief it may have been.
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Composer: Annette Focks
Portugese Guitar: Damiel Pircher
Sound Mixer: Tom Tautorat
Recording & Mix Studio: Emil Berlin Studios
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Historical Journey
7 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I found this movie more like a great book, the pace was such that you could synchronize with the dialogue and think about what was going on. I was only vaguely aware that there had been a dictatorship in Portugal during the 70s so this was an important revelation. I did know that Portugal was slowly pulling out of its various foreign colonial possessions, as most European powers did after World War II.

I could not help thinking of there being a connection between Amadeu de Prado and the world famous Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. The shots of Lisbon are wonderful, the beautiful harbour and hilly narrow streets. I could imagine Vasco da Gama's fleet leaving the port during Portugal's period of world exploration. The acting was superb, Jeremy Irons was the perfect Prof. On the surface absent minded and intellectual, but in practice, seizing the moment with an iron courage to probe the truth no matter where it led, but with a sense of humour knowing that nothing in life is all black or white. Martina Gedeck was so believable and you like her more and more with each shot. Tom Courtney's performance as João Eça was amazing but scary when you realize what happens to ordinary people during extraordinary times.

Many themes are encountered such as friendship, betrayal, and life as a chaotic process without any divine guidance. My hope is at the end of the film our professor needed a second adjustment for his new glasses.

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