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Masterpiece: The Railway Children


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  • Actors: Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper, Jenny Agutter, Michael Kitchen
  • Directors: Catherine Morshead
  • Writers: E. Nesbit, Simon Nye
  • Producers: Charles Elton, Freya Pinsent, Jonathan Powell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Public Braodcasting Service
  • Release Date: March 3 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAZH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,523 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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At the turn of the 20th century, three Yorkshire children lost their father; the police took him away, their mother refused to explain why. In a new country home, the lonely children waited and hoped, waving faithfully to passengers on a nearby train each day–until befriended by a kind old gentleman. Could he help bring back their lost father? Jenny Agutter and Richard Attenborough star in a touching adaptation of Edith Nesbit's novel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MTNWESTMAN4MEN on April 13 2003
Format: DVD
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES, I WOULD CHALLENGE ANYONE TO SAY ANTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL FILM AND THE CHILD ACTORS:)
THIS HAS A HALLMARK HALL OF FAME TASTE, BUT HAS MUCH MORE DEPTH AND ISNT COATED IN SUGAR.
A GOOD WGBH/BOSTON/PBS PRODUCTION- IF TRYING TO LOCATE ?
THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT AND HOLDAY TRADITION TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY---A WONDERFUL TURN OF THE CENTURY TALE.
"MICHAEL KITCHENS" (FOYLES WAR), RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, GREGOR FISHER, AND JENNY AGUTTER SHOULD BE APPRECIATED AND RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR FINE ACTING TALENTS:) FROM EDITH NESBITS 1906 NOVEL.
ORIGINALLY AN E/M "MASTERPICE THEATRE" PRESENTATION---GET THIS DVD NOW?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield on Jan. 30 2003
Format: DVD
E. Nesbit's stories have charmed children and adults for a century. Many of her books are about children who gain magical powers or contact magical creatures. They are fun, but none has as much strength and beauty as The Railway Children. This is a story of three children whose father is falsely imprisoned. They and their mother retreat into the countryside where they live a hand to mouth existence for several months. Nesbit included quite a few of her own democratic socialist beliefs into The Railway Children, but the ideology does not detract from the story.
This DVD is beautifully done so that the outdoor scenes, especially, are magnificent. The children's adventures and their developing friendships with the people who live in and around their small village are all lovingly filmed. A host of talented actors, including Michael Kitchen, Jenny Agutter, and Sophie Thompson, among many others, enhance the story. And the final scenes, when the newly released father steps off the train into his daughter's arms, are guaranteed to produce a lump in your throat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bryan on Jan. 31 2003
Format: DVD
This is a splendid remake of E. Nesbit's classic children's novel, The Railway Children -- it is as good as the earlier (1970) version, and also, in its way, as delightful and moving as the book itself. Jenny Agutter, who was wonderful as Bobbie in the earlier version, is equally splendid as mother in this; while Jemima Rooper makes a perfect Bobbie, struggling on the threshhold of womanhood. The production is in general careful and imaginative. I have one criticism only -- why, oh why, do those responsible for Masterpiece Theater imagine that we are incapable of appreciating such an offering as this without "commentary" before and after it? There would be something patronizing about such an assumption, even if the commentary said anything worth saying: as it is, we are inflicted with several minutes of Russell Baker mouthing pompous, irrelevant twaddle. Five stars for the movie, and MINUS five for whomever cooked up that nonsense!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2007
Format: DVD
... a family is reduced in income and stature. They move to the country near a rail line. There the children learn more of life and people then they would have in their previous pampered environment. Many of their neighbors also learn a few things about sacrifice and friendship. Meantime the children, while worried as to the disappearance of their father, they begin waving to passing trains and this leads to many adventures.

Jenny Agutter played Bobbie Waterbury in the 1970 version. In this version she plays "mother".

Even though the story is transparent, the execution is excellent. The acting is superb and the consumes, even the train fit period of the story. I may have been stretch to believe in a philanthropic railroad tycoon.
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By A Customer on June 21 2003
Format: DVD
This is a valiant effort to remake the 1970 film based on Edith Nesbit's novel. In comparing the two, the new version features more "emoting"; things which went unsaid but were implied in 1970 are now told to us rather than shown. This is to the detriment of the newer version.
In spite of this, it is still a beautifully presented tale appropriate for the entire family; I think the production team was quite brave to even attempt a remake.
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By mjw on April 8 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a super movie to watch as a whole family. The children learning to live in a way that was totally different than they were used to. But they kept their faith and were determined to believe in their father
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