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The Railway Man (2013)

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A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

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Michael MacKenzie ...
Sutton
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Jeffrey Daunton ...
Burton
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Withins
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Major York
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Thorlby
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Jackson
Takato Kitamoto ...
Japanese Officer
Keith Fleming ...
Removal Man
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Baliff
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Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? Written by Anonymous

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Revenge is never a straight line.


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Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence | See all certifications »

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23 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un pasado imborrable  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,230,483 (UK) (12 January 2014)

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$4,435,083 (USA) (13 July 2014)
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Rachel Weisz was originally cast as Patti Lomax, but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, with re-shoots planned for The Bourne Legacy (2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Nicole Kidman replaced her after being asked to take the part by Colin Firth himself. See more »

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When Eric meets Patti for the second time you can clearly see an LED style signal light in the background. These were not installed in the UK until the late-2000s. See more »

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Eric: At the beginning of time, the clock struck one. A drop of dew, and the clock struck two. From the dew grew a tree, and the clock struck three. Then the tree made a door, and the clock struck four. Then man came alive, And the clock struck five. Count not, waste not, the hours of the clock. Behold I stand at the door and knock.
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Version of Everyman: Prisoners in Time (1995) See more »

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Introduction (Prelude) from Gadfly Suite
Performed by Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar (Conductor)
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (as D. Shostakovich)
Published by Native Tongue Publishing
Licensed Courtesy of Select Audio Visual Distribution on behalf of Naxos
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Life changing film
2 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is arguably one of the best WW2 films I have ever seen. There aren't many films that tell the story of the situation outside of Europe and this tells it brilliantly. Collin Firth portrays the emotional struggle of a man plagued by the war extremely well, and I was gripped from start to finish. I've been to Thailand and this was possibly why I was so affected by the film, but I thought it was extremely touching and thought provoking. The story affected me to the point of tears (as no other film has ever done). There is so much depth and beauty to the film and characters and I think it's a shame it hasn't been rated higher.


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