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Return to Waterloo (1984)

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An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.

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Ray Davies

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Ray Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Boy Punk
Kenneth Colley ... The Traveller
Claire Parker Claire Parker ... Walkman Girl
Ray Davies ... Subway Singer
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner ... Sexy Girl
Michael Fish Michael Fish ... Himself
Valerie Holliman Valerie Holliman ... Traveler's Wife
Aaron Probyn Aaron Probyn ... Small Boy Traveller
Wanda Rokicki ... School Teacher
Dominique Barnes ... Traveller's Daughter
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Businessman
Michael Cule Michael Cule ... Businessman
Hywel Williams-Ellis Hywel Williams-Ellis ... Young Businessman (as Hywel Williams Ellis)
Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell ... Headmaster
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... Father, Horsley Station
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Storyline

An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.

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A hypnotic journey into a mind out of control. See more »

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Musical | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ray Davies: Return to Waterloo See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of Tim Roth's early roles is in this film playing a young punk See more »

Goofs

During the song "Not Far Away," one of the old soldiers mouths the other's line. See more »

Connections

References Psycho II (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Far Away
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by Tim Roth, Sallie Anne Field, Betty Romaine, Nat Jackley, Wally Thomas, Myrtle Devenish, Gretchen Franklin/ The Kinks
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Back Where We Started, Here We Go 'Round Again
27 March 2002 | by krasnegarSee all my reviews

The ambiguity of everything in this film is its hook and its fascination.

The Traveller *may* be a serial rapist. He *may* be an incestuous child abuser. He *may* be unemployed but pretending to still have a job. And so on.

And Ray isn't telling; we have to decide for ourselves.

Ray Davies is, after all, the man who wrote "Lola" -- the song whose whole meaning turns on the listener's interpretation of one of the most ambiguous sentences ever written in the English language.

Many of the songs from the film -- in different arrangements -- are to be found on the Kinks' "Word of Mouth" album. There is also a "Return" soundtrack album -- good luck finding a copy.


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