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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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site (French)

Country:

UK | Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,940, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$3,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,807,686
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

In the opening scene, the locomotive pulling the freight train is a British Rail Class 25/Sulzer Type 2, which was withdrawn from mainline service in 1987, whereas this film is set in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Fiona: [Gerry playing chess against himself after everyone leaves] Ah who's winning?
Gerry: Checkmate.
Fiona: Checkmate, what's that mean?
Gerry: What ever move you make, you lose.
Fiona: [chuckles] Story of my life.
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flawless
13 February 2002 | by zordySee all my reviews

As always, a social issue is beautifully intertwined with personal drama: sad, funny, true like life itself. And cinema itself. It's a relief to see someone can entertain and move us in this way, that's definitely not the present-day Hollywood way. On the other hand, Loach's career is brilliant from beginning to end with the only possible exception of Carla's Song that I consider a faux-pas. Like all great artists, Loach with this films add something to our understanding of ourselves, and our present history. I supposed that you understood I liked it. Still it seems I've lost the best: the liverpuldian parley. In Italy unfortunately all these films come dubbed.


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