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Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train (1987)

A convent teacher spreads a little happiness and makes enough money to support her crippled brother's habit by selling her favors regularly on a cross-country night sleeper. She makes sure ... See full summary »


Bob Ellis
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Complete credited cast:
Wendy Hughes ... Girl
Colin Friels ... Man
Norman Kaye ... Salesman
John Clayton John Clayton ... Football Coach
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Brian
Rod Zuanic ... Young Soldier
Steve J. Spears Steve J. Spears ... Singer
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Politician
Peter Whitford ... Steward
Peter Sullivan Peter Sullivan ... Piano-Playing Steward
Chris Haywood ... Stationmaster
Eileen Price Eileen Price ... Mother Superior
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ... Cleric
John Flaus ... Taxi Driver
Peter Carmody Peter Carmody ... Second Class Passenger


A convent teacher spreads a little happiness and makes enough money to support her crippled brother's habit by selling her favors regularly on a cross-country night sleeper. She makes sure she is in control of each encounter until one client reaches her more than she expects. As her orderly business plan turns to chaos, she is forced to commit political assassination to keep her life and her freedom, but is there another way out? Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Teacher. Whore. Assassin. Each is a role. Each played to perfection. See more »


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Release Date:

31 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nachtzug See more »


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1.78 : 1
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The Man quotes from the poem, "Fire and Ice", by Robert Frost See more »


It's Over
Written and performed by Steve J. Spears
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whistle stops
10 August 2002 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Based on an idea by director Bob Ellis, producer Patrick Juillet and Denny Lawrence, the narrative for this Australian film centers on Jenny Nicholson aka The Girl (Wendy Hughes), a Melbourne Catholic school art teacher who subsidises her income by working as a prostitute on the weekend train to Sydney. Jenny rationalises the activity as a means to finance the supply of morphine to her disabled athlete brother Brian (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) but she also sees what she does as a social service, to `increase happiness' of `potential murderers'. However Jenny's quest is challenged when she meets The Man (Colin Friels) who seduces her so that she will murder for him.

Although Hughes isn't the prostitute type, there is fun to be had in observing her sociopathic reactions to each man she chooses, as well as in her changing hairstyles, speech and manner. She is funniest with The Singer (Steve J Spears), passive with Brian, and the most relaxed with The Man, who gets the worst of Ellis' reknowned brand of ennui eg `Everyone seeks a system of belief and everyone has to believe their system of belief is correct', and `In a reasonable society, no man should be held responsible in law for what happens after 3 a.m.'.The Man also gets to quote Robert Frost and has a laugh line in that his target for assassination `has a publicised fondness for trains'. The `warm nights' of the title refers to both Jenny's adventures and Brian's situation, where he describes an overdose of morphine as the same, whilst Jenny's train room being the `Judy Garland suite' isn't as funny as intended. In spite of an indeterminate accent, Friels is extraordinarily sexy, and director Ellis creates suspense in the moment where a poison device cannot be disposed of, and skill in his use of montage.

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