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A man released from jail, where he had served time for doctoring the books of a gangster, has to go into hiding from the gangster's men. He moves into a Dublin boarding house run by a woman and her timid daughter. The timid woman immediately takes a shine to the new boarder and to his train sets, which they each use as an escape from reality. However, her mother doesn't like their relationship and they both are chased by the gangsters.Written by
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This was a mystery of sorts, but more of a romance. The story-line was a little ponderous to start with and "Night Train's" plot is rather common: a man with a troubled past, just released from jail, attempts to hide from a former employer-crook from whom he stole money; he hides in a rooming house run by an elderly widow with an unhappy spinster daughter under her mother's domination; the boarder and daughter become friends; as the crooks close in on the boarder, he convinces the daughter to escape and start a new life, which she does; he then admits that he's on the run because of stolen money, which she demands he return or forget the relationship. Hurt and Blethin were both well cast as the leads and they really did make the whole film work as it picked up momentum. The scenes aboard the Orient Express in Europe were simply beautiful and breathtaking and it was a shame that there wasn't a scene or two on the British Pullman but with the initial story being set in Ireland I guess it made sense to go by boat to Europe and pick up the Orient Express there. Based on the cover photo I was expecting a fast paced thriller but this was just right. Quirky little movie, but worth the time.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10.
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