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The Railway Man (2013)

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A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Eric
... Eric
... Finlay
... Patti
Michael MacKenzie ... Sutton
Jeffrey Daunton ... Burton
... Young Takeshi Nagase
Bryan Probets ... Major York
... Withins
... Thorlby
... Young Finlay
... Jackson
Takato Kitamoto ... Japanese Officer
Keith Fleming ... Removal Man
... Baliff
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Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? Written by Anonymous

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Revenge is never a straight line.


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Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence | See all certifications »

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23 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un pasado imborrable  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,230,483 (United Kingdom), 12 January 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,845, 13 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,435,083, 13 July 2014
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The real-life Patti Lomax attended the film's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. She received a standing ovation upon the screening of the film. She also attended 20. Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia and received a standing ovation. See more »

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The motorcycle with a sidecar is actually a modern Chinese model Chang Jiang. (at around 49 mins) See more »

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Eric: At the beginning of time, the clock struck one. A drop of dew, and the clock struck two. From the dew grew a tree, and the clock struck three. Then the tree made a door, and the clock struck four. Then man came alive, And the clock struck five. Count not, waste not, the hours of the clock. Behold I stand at the door and knock.
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Version of Everyman: Prisoners in Time (1995) See more »

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Introduction (Prelude) from Gadfly Suite
Performed by Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and Theodore Kuchar (Conductor)
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (as D. Shostakovich)
Published by Native Tongue Publishing
Licensed Courtesy of Select Audio Visual Distribution on behalf of Naxos
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simply put, this is a classic film
5 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Simply put, this is an instant classic. There has been many movies made about war, and this film now ranks among the greatest. And it is certainly a movie that anyone who has thought about the fact that some of the world's great countries participated in some of the worse atrocities. How are we to feel about those nations who destroyed so much, including those genocidal actions that continue to this day? This movie is one answer. And it is a journey that those who surrender to it, will never forget. If the movies are a collaborative art, then this is one of the greatest examples of it. And if truth and beauty matter to you, and if you can stand to watch scenes of horror and despair, you may experience which has to be a film of the deepest spiritual transformation and growth. I will never forget this, and I hope everyone who sees it can be transformed and healed.


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