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The Railway Man (2013)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  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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Michael MacKenzie ...
Sutton
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Jeffrey Daunton ...
Burton
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Major York
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Kitamoto Takato ...
Japanese Officer
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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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Biography | Drama

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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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Jeremy Irvine was cast as the younger version of Colin Firth's character, after Firth himself suggested him for the role. 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: [Kisses Eric] I've never kissed a man with a moustache before.
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Patti: And I don't think I'm going to kiss a man with a moustache again.
Eric: And if the man removed the moustache?
Patti: Yes, that would do nicely.
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Performed by Sean Timms featuring Janine Baigent and Daniel Burgess
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Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
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What would you do if you came face to face with your enemy?
10 January 2014 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Words cannot do this film justice. There are no words to describe how amazing the true story of Eric Lomax really was, and I do not want to give away the entire story here. But suffice to say that I was fully engrossed in the film throughout its entirety. From the moment we see Eric and Patty meet to the emotional ending,I could not bring myself to look away or even to reach down for my drink in the cinema. Be prepared for some harrowing and intense scenes. But bear in mind that these are required for us to understand completely the dilemma faced by Eric at the end of his story. The actors portray their characters beautifully, with so much angst and emotion that I found myself empathising with them all the way through. If you are interested whatsoever in stories of war, survival, trauma, revenge, forgiveness and the ethical dilemmas wrapped up in them all, then this is a film you should definitely see. Tears rolled down my face as the credits rolled, and I found myself thinking about the movie long after watching it. Highly recommended.


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