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The Railway Man (2013)

 -  Biography | Drama | War  -  23 May 2014 (USA)
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A former British Army officer, who was tormented 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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Burton
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Japanese Officer
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Removal Man
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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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Biography | Drama | War

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

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23 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Un pasado imborrable  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,845 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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$4,435,083 (USA) (11 July 2014)
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Nicole Kidman felt intrigued to star in the film due to its theme of forgiveness. See more »

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The Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-on-Tweed is shown with overhead wires, which were not built until 1989. See more »

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Patti: Did you know Warrington is famous for vodka?
Eric: [eyes on his book] You know, with all due respect to your friend, if all he mentioned is vodka, he's really only scratched the surface of Warrington.
[looks up at Patti]
Eric: the Black Prince? Remember the Black Prince? Had all his armour made there. Warrington was really the only place to go if you wanted a suit of armour. Sort of Saville Row in steel
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Performed by Sean Timms featuring Janine Baigent and Daniel Burgess
Composed by Farian/Jay/Reyam
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
Licensed by Perfect Pitch Publishing on behalf of Timms Tunes
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23 April 2014 | by (Tejas) – See all my reviews

I read the short storyline of the film before viewing and it had intrigued me. I came into it with an open mind - at first romance and then the inescapable drama. The acting by Firth was amazing. I was mesmerized. It may be slow (to some of a lesser attention span) at first, but eased into a psychological drama that holds on tight and will not release until the finale. Spectacular cinematography, the scenes are beautiful and real. It is a wake up call to those who have not/do not understand the great span of WWII - brings much needed insight into the history of this particular banker's war. Ultimately, this film beautifully portrays the ultimate power of forgiveness. Which brought tears to my eyes, in the panic and hysteria that the world now feels due to war and terror, it is good to know that there is some shred of humanity that exists and has hope to exist in the future.


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