The Railway Man

The Railway Man

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen
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A former British Army officer, who was tormented 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.
Publisher: 2013 ,
Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia), Australia [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD RAIL
Characteristics: 1 DVD (112 min.)

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milirick
Jul 04, 2018

Like a lot of English dramas this movie needs some time to pick up and isn’t for those looking for a fast paced action flick. What you get is based on a true story that discusses a part of history mainly forgotten. The atrocities committed by the Japanese seem incomprehensible for those that have lived their lives only knowing a Japan which is more associated with sushi, tourism and technology than the pursuit of Pacific Asian domination. Railway Man explores PTSD, torture, reconciliation and coming to terms with the incomprehensible. A very good film that is worth the effort to see.

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Nooksack20
Jun 26, 2018

Gritty story of a man living with the trauma of his past as a WWII POW and his need to confront it and find closure.

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mr_chocolate
Jun 26, 2018

After a somewhat confusing and disconnected beginning of the film, this was a well done portrayal of a broken man, dealing (not so well) with his POW past and present day life. This is based on a true story, of a man and new wife, trying to cope with his past.
There is a very interesting half hour documentary on The Making of The Railway Man, that follows the film, showing the real Eric and Patti Lomax.
The film unfolds with flash backs to fill in the story of what had happened with POW's to work on the Thai-Burma Railway, from 1943 - 1945, in a Japanese war camp.
Well acted by Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

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MB85CAL
Jan 12, 2018

A very moving film about the horrors of war, its lasting effects, and the power of forgiveness. Perfectly cast and beautifully filmed. Highly recommend.

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firefly5
Jul 17, 2017

I couldn't get interested in this movie.

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Siri121713
May 16, 2017

"Sometimes the HATING has to end!"

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LeahSonne
Feb 24, 2017

We have a lifetime to forgive each other for all the perceived wrongs of our lives. This film is well done, and if it really represents a true account, it's certainly a good thing God is patient because we can be really nasty to each other. This is a good film for anyone trying to figure out what's wrong with war.

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swerkman
Jan 08, 2017

Excellent true story about forgiveness.

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cbeaudoin35
Jan 08, 2017

An outstanding movie! It will leave a mark on your soul!

bookishdl Jul 04, 2016

Outstanding performances from Firth and Kidman. What a sobering story. I know the POW treatment in Burma was brutal and the dramatisation of this brutality was distressing but it was in no way gratuitous. Emotional and engaging movie showing the impact of incarceration and torture on prisoners. Highly recommended.

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jimg2000
Feb 07, 2015

Opening verse:

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 on the clock.
Behold I stand
at the door and knock.

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