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The Railway Man (2013)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  11 April 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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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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Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence | See all certifications »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$61,845 (USA) (11 April 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 young Lomax shows the map to the soldiers and explains they've been on the POW train for four days before heading west, yet young Lomax is still clearly clean shaven and has no sign of stubble or growth. See more »

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A remarkable examination of a challenging topic
7 September 2013 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw this film at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Teplitzky's film is primarily an attempt at an exploration of the male psyche of men of the WWII generation, as they cope with PTSD, told through a true life story about torture, war crimes, loss, honour, and forgiveness. The protagonist, brilliantly portrayed by Colin Firth, is set apart as an unusual archetype right from the beginning of the movie, practically specifying that he is almost certain to cope with his condition and the circumstances that unroll as the plot thickens in an exceptional, but not necessarily an unexpected way. A story with any different ending is unlikely to be told this way, but the ending brings a pleasant surprise of greater magnitude than one would expect from a true story. The concepts of honour and valour lurk throughout the film, and the movie reaches its climax beautifully when the irony about honour is finally exposed in what was nothing short of a heartfelt and memorable admission of wrongdoing. This story is likely to resonate well with anyone, from any generation and cultural background.


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