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The Railway Children ()


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After the enforced absence of their father, three children move with their mother to Yorkshire, where during their adventures they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.

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  • Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination.
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Mrs. Waterbury (as Miss Dinah Sheridan)
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Albert Perks (as Mr. Bernard Cribbins)
William Mervyn ...
Old Gentleman (as Mr. William Mervyn)
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Charles Waterbury (as Mr. Iain Cuthbertson)
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Roberta 'Bobbie' Waterbury (as Miss Jenny Agutter)
Sally Thomsett ...
Phyllis Waterbury (as Miss Sally Thomsett)
Gary Warren ...
Peter Waterbury (as Master Gary Warren)
Peter Bromilow ...
Doctor
Ann Lancaster ...
Ruth
Gordon Whiting ...
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Beatrix Mackey ...
Aunt Emma
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Mrs. Perks
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Bandmaster
Christopher Witty ...
Jim
Brenda Cowling ...
Mrs. Viney
Paddy Ward ...
Cart Man
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Sally James ...
Maid
Dominic Allan ...
C.I.D. Man (as Dominic Allen)
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Doctor (voice)
Amelia Bayntun ...
Cook (uncredited)
Ann Cryer ...
Bit part (uncredited)
Bob Cryer ...
Train Guard (uncredited)
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Malcolm (uncredited)
Graham Mitchell ...
Train Guard (uncredited)
Peter Russell ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lionel Jeffries

Written by

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E. Nesbit ... (celebrated novel)
 
Lionel Jeffries ... (screenplay)

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Robert Lynn ... producer

Music by

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Johnny Douglas

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Arthur Ibbetson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Teddy Darvas

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Ian MacGregor-Scott ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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G.B. Walker

Art Direction by

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John Clark

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Jock Alexander ... makeup artist
Helen Lennox ... hairdresser

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David Griffith ... production manager

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Richard F. Dalton ... assistant director (as Richard Dalton)
Terry Hodgkinson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Geoffrey Leggett ... set dresser
Bryn Siddall ... property buyer (uncredited)

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Len Abbott ... sound recordist
Bill Creed ... sound editor
Peter Handford ... sound recordist
Denis Porter ... sound recordist
David.Stephenson ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Pat Moore ... special effects
John Richardson ... special effects

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Ronnie Pilgrim ... stills cameraman
Paul Wilson ... camera operator

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Richard Gill ... location manager

Music Department

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Johnny Douglas ... conductor

Other crew

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Joy Bayley ... production secretary
Bob Cryer ... railway technical adviser (as Robert Cryer)
Angela Martelli ... continuity
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Plot Summary

The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Edwardian London. One night in 1905, the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railway, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father. Written by Paul Emmons

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Taglines The Railway, the Children . . . and the wonderful secret they'll share with you ! [UK] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les enfants du chemin de fer (France)
  • Quando o Coração Bate Mais Forte (Brazil)
  • Demiryolu çocuklari (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Aseman lapset (Finland)
  • Przygoda przyjezdza pociagiem (Poland)
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  • 109 min
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Trivia Sally Thomsett was 20 when she was cast as 11-year-old Phyllis. Her contract forbade her to reveal her true age during the making of the film and she was not allowed to be seen smoking, drinking, going out with her boyfriend or driving the sports cars that were her passion. Even the film crew did not know her true age. See more »
Goofs As the engine approaches Bobbie in the 'landslide sequence' and comes to a halt, drifting steam is seen coming down from the sky and entering its funnel, indicating the shot is actually reversed footage of the train backing away from Bobbie so as to not endanger the actress by attempting a precision stop inches away from her. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes (1993). See more »
Soundtracks The Man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo See more »
Crazy Credits As the end credit captions are displayed the shot tracks towards a steam locomotive, in front of which are gathered the principal cast. They are surrounded by extras portraying local townspeople, who wave and say goodbye to the audience. All the while, Jenny Agutter is preoccupied with writing something on a slate. As the camera reaches her, she holds it up to display the words "The End". See more »
Quotes Bobbie Waterbury: It's Perks's birthday, he's 42, he says he got other things to keep than his birthday, not rabbits and secrets but the kids and the bloomin' missus.
Mrs. Waterbury: Wife and children Bobbie.
Bobbie Waterbury: Same thing isn't it?
Phyllis Waterbury: Bloomin' missus is a sort of a germ of endearment isn't it?
Mrs. Waterbury: Term of endearment Phil.
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