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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 »

Director:

Bob Ellis

Writers:

Bob Ellis (screenplay), Denny Lawrence (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wendy Hughes ... Girl
Colin Friels ... Man
Norman Kaye ... Salesman
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
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Storyline

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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She is an art teacher at a quiet suburban Catholic school, attractive, well-mannered and worldly, yet during the weekend... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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The Man quotes from the poem, "Fire and Ice", by Robert Frost See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus End of Man's Desire
Music by Peter Sullivan and lyrics by
Bob Ellis
Performed by Mount Eliza High School Choir
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intriguing, until the plot kicks in
14 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This provocative Australian drama takes a sharp look at the games people play, showing how men use women and how one woman, in turn, retaliates by building male egos and then callously deflating them. By day she's a Catholic school teacher, but every weekend on the overnight express to Sidney she dons a different costume and assumes a different personality, luring men to her bed where, after demanding cash, she loves and then leaves them.

The absence of any character names puts the story on an intriguing symbolic level, but all it takes is one tall, dark, and handsome stranger (Colin Friels, playing a Down-Under 007) to have his way with her before the erstwhile heroine turns suddenly submissive, falling headlong into a political assassination plot which is hard to connect to anything preceding it. It's either the longest introduction to a murder mystery, or the lamest ending to what could have been a fascinating character study; either way, the payoff can't hope to match the elaborate set-up.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$400,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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