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Terminus (1961)

The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

Director:

John Schlesinger
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Margaret Ashcroft Margaret Ashcroft ... Mother (uncredited)
Gertrude Dickin Gertrude Dickin ... Woman Asking About Train (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Elderly lady at lost property office (uncredited)
Matthew Perry Matthew Perry ... Little Lost Boy (uncredited)
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The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Short | Documentary

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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December 1961 (UK) See more »

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British Transport Films See more »
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Mono
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This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary - Short Subject in 1963. After the nominations were announced, it was discovered the film had already been released, and the nomination had to be withdrawn. See more »

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Soundtracks

It Was All So Lovely
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Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Julian Cooper and Michell Raper
Sung by Mike Shaun, Vernon Neptune, and The Don Riddell Singers
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The original 'no comment' documentary.
28 July 2003 | by ztbyfordSee all my reviews

This documentary, from the very first shot of the bee keeper on the roof of Waterloo station, gives a riveting, imaginative and very witty picture of a typical day in the life of a large railway station, but it's main value in the insight it gives into human nature - by simply looking at people going about their daily business the camera paints a many-layered picture of the human psyche. Always fascinating, often funny and sometimes frightening, this film must be one of the greats of documentary cinema. I hope the sad death of John Schlesinger will prompt a revival of his early - and definitely his greatest - films.


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