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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 ...
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Jeffrey Daunton ...
Burton
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Withins
Bryan Probets ...
Major York
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Thorlby
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Jackson
Kitamoto Takato ...
Japanese Officer
Keith Fleming ...
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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Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence | See all certifications »

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Un pasado imborrable  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,435,083 (USA) (11 July 2014)
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The real-life Patti Lomax attended the film's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. She received a standing ovation upon the screening of the film. See more »

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When Eric and Patti are "naked" in bed after Eric returns from his first trip to Thailand, Patti is obviously wearing a body stocking. 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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Introduction (Prelude) from Gadfly Suite
Performed by Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar (Conductor)
Composed by D. Shostakovich
Published by Native Tongue Publishing
Licensed Courtesy of Select Audio Visual Distribution on behalf of Naxos
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simply put, this is a classic film
5 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simply put, this is an instant classic. There has been many movies made about war, and this film now ranks among the greatest. And it is certainly a movie that anyone who has thought about the fact that some of the world's great countries participated in some of the worse atrocities. How are we to feel about those nations who destroyed so much, including those genocidal actions that continue to this day? This movie is one answer. And it is a journey that those who surrender to it, will never forget. If the movies are a collaborative art, then this is one of the greatest examples of it. And if truth and beauty matter to you, and if you can stand to watch scenes of horror and despair, you may experience which has to be a film of the deepest spiritual transformation and growth. I will never forget this, and I hope everyone who sees it can be transformed and healed.


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