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Man on the Train (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 October 2011 (USA)
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A mysterious criminal rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor, his plans ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... The Professor
Larry Mullen Jr. ... The Man
Graham Greene ... Sado
Tony Nardi ... Loco
Carlo Rota ... Max
Kate O'Toole ... Vivienne
Greg Bryk ... Tough Guy
Kennedy McGuckian ... The Boy
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Barber
Paula Boudreau Paula Boudreau ... Shop Assistant
Martin Katz ... Surgeon
Samuel C. Jephcott Samuel C. Jephcott ... Darbon (as Sam Jephcott)
Pamela Scott Pamela Scott ... Waitress
Shawn Storer Shawn Storer ... Paramedic
Paul Wainwright Paul Wainwright ... Pharmacist
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A mysterious criminal rolls into a small town planning to knock off the local bank, assuming it will go off without a hitch. But when he encounters a retired poetry professor, his plans take an unlikely turn. With no place to stay, the professor generously welcomes him into his home. As the two men talk, a bond forms between these two polar opposites, and surprising moments of humor and compassion emerge. As they begin to understand each other more, they each examine the choices they've made in their lives, secretly longing to live the type of lifestyle the other man has lived, based on the desire to escape their own. Written by Tribeca Film

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Drama

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Country:

Canada | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passagem para a Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Dundas, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Larry Mullen Jr is also a member of the group U2. See more »

Quotes

The Professor: [to his student] I don't know who is the more obtuse, you who see questions when there are only answers to be seen, or me who seeks an answer when there might not even be a question.
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Remake of Man on the Train (2002) See more »

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Donald Sutherland acts his socks off, but the film is a bore
8 December 2011 | by spotlightneSee all my reviews

Basically this film centers on just two actors, Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen Jr.

As we all know, Donald is a seasoned veteran but U2 guy Larry is new to cinema, and boy does it show.

I guess Donald has about 3,000 pages of dialogue here to Larry's one page. Larry's excuse is that he is playing a guy (we never know his name) who doesn't say much, although he's on screen nearly as much as Donald.

Basically the movie is about Larry (known as the thief) who arrives in town straight off a train and makes an accidental acquaintance with a Professor, played by Sutherland. Bizarrely, the professor invites the thief to stay at his home, while the thief secretly plans a robbery at a local bank.

It's a very slow film that never picks up speed. Donald acts his socks off, but Larry is so quiet and dull, the film hardly makes an impact.

Without Sutherland this film would have bombed. With a different actor playing the thief it might have been better.

I give it 5/10 because of Sutherland but the movie really doesn't deserve it.


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