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The Railway Children [2000] (Tv-Film) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jenny Agutter, Gregor Fisher, Richard Attenborough, Michael Kitchen, Jemima Rooper
  • Directors: Catherine Morshead
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V318
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,728 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Synopsis

In The Railway Children [2000], 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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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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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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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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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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The Railway Children is the story of three wealthy Victorian children, Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter, who are forced to move with their mother from London to rural Yorkshire, after their father is accused of treason. With little money, it is the railways that provide them with adventure and new friends.

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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This si drama at its best! A superb remake of the 1960's film. It feels strange that Jenny Agutter who played Bobbie in the 60's, is back to play the mother. She does it very well. I also thouht that the children who play Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter were wonderful. Jemima Rooper, who plays bobbie, has improved since her role as George in the famous five. She is the perfect Bobbie, and even looks the part. The other two who play Phil and Peter capture the charateridtics of there characters well. Full of guests stars like Richard Attenbourugh and Greogor Fisher. The scenes are also really good, with a wonderful script. But I think that Jemima Rooper and Jenny Agutter and the other 2 children were THE stars of the show1 Buy it!
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