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Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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Swiss Professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.


Bille August


Greg Latter (screenplay), Ulrich Herrmann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Raimund Gregorius
Mélanie Laurent ... Young Estefânia
Jack Huston ... Amadeu
Martina Gedeck ... Mariana
Tom Courtenay ... Older João Eça
August Diehl ... Young Jorge O'Kelly
Bruno Ganz ... Older Jorge O'Kelly
Lena Olin ... Older Estefânia
Marco D'Almeida ... Young João
Beatriz Batarda ... Young Adriana
Christopher Lee ... Father Bartolomeu
Charlotte Rampling ... Older Adriana
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Da Silva
Jane Thorne Jane Thorne ... Older Clotilde
Burghart Klaußner ... Judge Prado


This movie is about aging Swiss Professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) of classical languages who, after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.

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Only when you are lost can you truly find yourself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Vanessa Redgrave was originally cast for the role of Adriana de Prado, however Charlotte Rampling replaced her. See more »


when his sister chokes whilst Amadeu is studying for finals, he uses the Heimlich maneuver unsuccessfully. The Heimlich maneuver was invented in 1974 (the year in which Amadeu dies and the Portugese revolution occurs) after Amadeu has qualified. See more »


Raimund Gregorius: [to his opponent, after making a move in a chess game he is playing against himself] That'll get you thinking...
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Referenced in The Salesman (2016) See more »


Mozart Sonata N. 12 F-Dur
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Piano: Ferran Cruixent
Score Mixer: Peter Fuchs
Pro Tools Operator & Engineer Assistant: Tom Russbueldt (as Tom Russbüldt)
Recording & Mix Studio: Teldex Studio Berlin
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Your journey will complete when you finish reading the novel
4 October 2016 | by shunsuke-amanaiSee all my reviews

I read the novel in Japanese translation in 2015 and have watched the film only recently, that is in the fall of 2016. Just about a good long time for a Raimund Gregorius character to grow in my mind.

Adaptation of the literature, delicately weaved with two languages i.e. originally written in German with Portuguese quotes everywhere, must have been a lot of hard work. Given that, I reckon that this film adaptation was masterfully done. I was intrigued, like I was in the novel, into the thick narratives of Gregorius.

Sadly, however, one critical element I had enjoyed in the novel was completely missing in the film: luxury of experience, though Gregorius, being left alone in the vast void of ignorance of the Portuguese language. Throughout the story, Gregorius struggled with the Portuguese language in the novel, while in the film, everyone speaks in English.

Having said that, the film's visualization was amazing. I was amusingly impressed by the magic of colors, and a skillful camera work to capture the beauty of the historic town. Needless to say, perhaps, performances are superb. Screenplay were tactful enough to convey the multiple layers of the novel in a way not to confuse the audiences.

If you are reading this, I recommend you to enjoy the film first, and then to pick up the novel. I bet you won't regret it.

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Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Train to Lisbon See more »

Filming Locations:

Caxias, Portugal See more »


Box Office


EUR7,700,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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