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The Railway Children  (Tv-Film) [DVD]
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Made-for-television film adaptation of Edith Nesbit' s classic novel. When their father (Michael Kitchen) is imprisoned after being falsely accused of spying, young Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis are forced to move to Yorkshire with their mother (Jenny Agutter, who played Bobbie in the 1971 film version). The local railway provides a useful focus for them, and they strike up a friendship with an elderly gentleman (Richard Attenborough) who vows to help them prove their father's innocence.
In The Railway Children , Jenny Agutter (who played Bobbie in a 1970 film version) stars as Mother alongside Sir Richard Attenborough in a Masterpiece Theater television presentation of Edith Nesbit's popular novel. Set in Yorkshire at the dawn of the 20th century, The Railway Children is the story of three children whose father has been wrongfully imprisoned for espionage, though they know nothing of this; their mother refuses to tell them why the police took away their father. The children spend their free time exploring the mystery of their father's disappearance and gazing at the nearby railroad, in the hope that it will somehow bring them an answer. After they help prevent an accident on the railroad, the children are befriended by a mysterious old gentleman (Attenborough), who may be able to provide some answers.
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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!
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.
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.
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
I would give it 5 stars!!!
Made by Charlie Thompson,age 10
I was sceptical as to whether this adaptation could compete with the original, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. Jemima Rooper is a very charismatic Bobbie and both actors portraying Phyllis and Peter are full of personality and humour. The supporting cast, I would say, are not quite as good as the original. Gregor Fisher is pretty good as Perks, providing nice comic touches, but Richard Attenborough is a little sentimental as The Old Gentleman and Jenny Agutter is very wooden as the mother.
There aren't as many "classic moments" in this adaptation as there were in the original either, but it does include other enjoyable storylines from the book, such as Bobbie having Peter's train mended and looks a bit more at Bobbie's romance. Whatever weaknesses may appear in comparison to original, the three leads still sweep you along with wonderful performances. It is lovely family entertainment and definitely worth a viewing.
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Excellent a great story bought to life with an excellent cast the railway was great the costumes authentic all in all a great film for everyonePublished 1 month ago by bill keates
Classic film for 'er indoors to watch, she loved it, ergo. I loved it!Published 1 month ago by TREVOR PEARCE
Lovely story, just really nice for the whole family to enjoy.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think that it is not as good as the original but seeing Jenny Agutter all grown up playing the mother gave the disc continuity.Published 5 months ago by gilbert thom mcdonnell