The Railway Children 2000

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An adaptation of the classic film made for television.

Starring:
Jenny Agutter, Richard Attenborough
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Starring Jenny Agutter, Richard Attenborough, Michael Kitchen, Gregor Fisher
Director Catherine Morshead
Studio CARLTON VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT LTD
Rental release 18 March 2002
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
When I was a child, I loved E.Nesbit's novel and read it over and over. I loved the film too, so I was prepared to be disappointed with this new version. I loved it from the very beginning and cried for ages after it was finished. It is a brilliant adaptation of the book - Gregor Fisher totally stole the show, but all the actors were excellent in their parts. I could, and probably will watch this again and again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By richievee on 17 Jun 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Acting upon positive reviews about the original (1970) production, I watched that version with great expectations. I liked it all right but thought its direction was a bit dated, particularly the 1960s-style "cartoon" music for the antics of Albert Perks. Jenny Agutter was so lovely as Roberta that, for me, she stole every scene she was in, which was most of the movie! In short, the film was enjoyable enough but not exactly my cup of tea.

Then I began watching the 2000 remake, and it more than corrected any flaws that plagued the earlier effort. What a perfectly conceived realisation it is! The cast is superior to the original actors, from top to bottom, and the direction is innovative, sensitive, and memorably touching throughout. Rarely have I seen child actors who were so believable. Some of Phyl's lines were delivered so wittily by the lisping Clare Thomas that I found myself laughing aloud time and time again. Jenny Agutter is even better as the mother than she was as Bobbie -- and that is saying quite a lot.

The photography is marvelous, and the nascent romance between Bobbie and Jim is utterly convincing. I was so pleased that they did not kiss, only exchanged mailing addresses. That was MUCH more authentic for the time period than most of today's directors would have handled it. I loved this presentation of The Railway Children from beginning to end, as there is not a false step to be seen!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kittiwake on 1 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
I have seen both versions - the first many times, this one twice. Jenny Agutter was superb as Bobbie, and her siblings were well-played, too. Bobbie in the 2nd film is equally as good, as are Perks and the Old Gentleman, but that's it. They weren't better.
In the second version: Jenny Agutter is not nearly as good as Mother, she just didn't ring true for me or have the same gentleness and sensitivity. I thought Phyllis was good but with the lad playing Peter, I was aware he was acting, he didn't seem natural. It's all the same - the same train, etc. so I really don't see the necessity to do it again.
It is a period piece anyway and the 1st version has completely stood the test of time. And those famous words of Bobbies (I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it) uttered in such a heart-wrenching way at the end by Jenny Agutter's Bobbie are definitive. Like Dame Edith Evans' "A haaaaaaandbag".

If you haven't seen the first one, this is fine, though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bond on 2 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
The Plot
Three children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis have an amazing life living in a big house in London, until their precious father gets taken away leaving the three children and their mother poor. They then move to the countryside close to a railway where they have many adventures.

Best Bits
Everything in the Railway Children is amazing, I can't pick out any particular bit because the whole film is good from start to finish.

Favourite Characters
My favourite character is Phyllis, she is just so funny and is the youngest in the family.

Hit or Miss
A definite hit, this film could not be any better, it is dramatic but still extremely real with no weak bits, definitely a film no one should miss.

I enjoyed reviewing this film with my wonderful teacher Mrs Miller.

By Annabel Bond aged 10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lazybones on 2 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
The best part for me was when a landslide occurs and the children need to act fast to stop the train from crashing so Phyllis and Roberta took of their red petticoats and got some sticks and made them into flags,when the train came round the corner Phyllis,Peter and Roberta waved there flags like mad,but the man in the train didn't see them so Roberta runs onto the train track When the man see's her he suddenly puts the train's brakes on and just stops in time and then Roberta faints.

I would give it 5 stars!!!

Made by Charlie Thompson,age 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mia from 3DM on 2 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
The Stars
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This is a phenomenal film that was released in 2010. This epic film stars Jenny Agutter as the calm and caring Mother ! Jemina Ropper as the lovable Roberta , Clare Thomas as the smallest and cutest child, Phyllis ! Jack Blumeneau as the man of the house, Peter, and last but not least the fantasic, but also phenomenal Micheal Kichen ! (absolutely mind blowing)

The Plot
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The plot is mostly about the trio of children themselves.

When Father goes away it is dreadful time for the family Mother can't stop crying, Roberta is felling really responsible for herself, Phyllis is just hanging around being herself and Peter is trying to be the man of the house .

It is a dreadful time for all of the family they move from a really posh ,fancy house to a simple adventurous cottage in Yorkshire . I know it sounds quite dull, but when you see it, it is lovely

The children have a great experience learning how to live in the country and work without any servants.

The Best Bits
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The best bits of the film ,well there is no best bits for me ('cos it is so good ) but i think the best bit was when (Bobbie ) Roberta (Jemnia Rooper) was waving to all the people on the train. Well anyway I think you will need to go to the loo before because it is a wooping 98 mins ! but still grab some popcorn!

Fave Charters
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My favourite charter is Jemnia Rooper (Roberta) because she has alot os resopsibilty in the film and she gets things done and very helpful and full of energy when she needs it.

Any Weak Bits
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The one thing that was weak was .... that we needed to know a bit more about where Father was !
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