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The Navigators (2001)

Five Yorkshiremen try to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Rob Dawber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Andrews ... John
Thomas Craig ... Mick (as Tom Craig)
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ... Paul
Steve Huison ... Jim
Venn Tracey Venn Tracey ... Gerry
Andy Swallow Andy Swallow ... Len
Sean Glenn Sean Glenn ... Harpic
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown ... Jack
Juliet Bates Juliet Bates ... Fiona
John Aston John Aston ... Bill Walters
Graham Heptinstall Graham Heptinstall ... Owen
Angela Forrest Angela Forrest ... Tracy (as Angela Saville)
Clare McSwain Clare McSwain ... Lisa
Megan Topham Megan Topham ... Chloe
Abigail Pearson Abigail Pearson ... Eve
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Storyline

In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading East Midland Infrastructure, it is clear that there will be the inevitable winners and losers as downsizing and efficiency become the new buzzwords. A cheery camaraderie is soon replaced by uncertainty and turmoil when their depot manager fills them in on the details of the new arrangement. Privatization means that the customer now comes first, something that is instilled into the men in new training sessions. But there are inconsistencies and shortsightedness to the new ways. Men used to working together now find themselves belonging to different, competing companies. Some even have to tender for their old jobs. Others decide to take the redundancy packages offered by the firm. As always, corners are cut in the interest of lowering costs, leading to a series of misadventures. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Site (French)

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UK | Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Demiryolcular See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,940, 23 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,940, 23 February 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The vest that John wears in the beginning (with the meter) and end (their last job), is actually a British Rail safety vest, over his Gilchrist coat (when he moves you can see the gray on it). He has the combination on before the company is renamed Gilchrist Engineering. See more »

Quotes

[Harpic is reading a briefing to his staff about the new rules under privatization]
Harpic: Oh, now listen, now this really *is* important: "Deaths must be kept to an acceptable level".
Gerry: What's "an acceptable level"?
Harpic: Er, "two a year".
Gerry: But nobody's been killed for the past eighteen months.
Jim: Any volunteers?
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An accurate description of the hell working life has become
14 February 2002 | by Jose ESee all my reviews

This is by no means a movie to be seen for pure entertainment,. This is a REALISTIC movie, so those looking for kicks stay away. Otherwise you will be so disappointed.

I like this movie so much, especially since is the type of movie Hollywood would NEVER make. It sharply portraits how bad working conditions have gotten over the years (which is something I have witnessed firsthand). Treating people like dirt and firing them without a reason have become an end it itself.

Watching this film takes you to the core of what's going on at most workplaces, which obviously won't delight those who think life is pretty, because it ain't. Put your feet on the ground and search for that beauty - you are not going to find it in the treatment workers are getting anywhere. This is the real world, people, whether we like it or not.

While seeing this movie, never did I feel I was in the cinema. I could relate to what the characters were going through.

Of course the movie has no happy end, but if it did would be unreal.

10/10.


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