The Railway Man

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Released 2014

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The Railway Man

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Director:
Jonathan Teplitzky
Released:
2014
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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?

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  • 80

    The Guardian Catherine Shoard

    From time to time, the script contextualises a little clumsily...but the playing and pacing are terrific.

  • 60

    The Telegraph Tim Robey

    The result is a film that does perfectly respectable justice to Lomax's ordeal, without ever making a strong case for itself as independently stirring art.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    The Railway Man is well-acted and handsomely produced, but its honorable intentions are not matched with sustained emotional impact or psychological suspense.

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