The Railway Children

  • U
  • Lionel Jeffries (1970)
  • UK
  • 104 min
The Railway Children
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Directed by Lionel Jeffries, this adaptation of E Nesbit's much-loved novel is simply the finest children's film ever made in this country. Told with quiet intelligence and wry humour, the story follows three Edwardian siblings as they relocate to Yorkshire with their mother (Dinah Sheridan), following their father's wrongful arrest for treason. The narrative is essentially episodic. But the set pieces are equally memorable - whether it's the prevention of a train wreck, the rescue of a schoolboy trapped in a tunnel, or the collection of birthday gifts for the proud but kindly stationmaster (winningly played by Bernard Cribbins). Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren are laudably spirited as Phyllis and Peter, but it's Jenny Agutter's magnificent performance as Bobbie that stands out. It perfectly balances a child's passion for adventure with a growing sense of responsibility as she comes to understand her family's predicament.

Plot Summary

Classic period drama based on the novel by E Nesbit, starring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren. When a government official is arrested on suspicion of treason, his wife and three children are forced to leave their London home and move to a small cottage in Yorkshire. While their mother fights for her husband's release, the children have marvellous adventures.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bobbie
Jenny Agutter
Phyllis
Sally Thomsett
Peter
Gary Warren
Mother
Dinah Sheridan
Perks
Bernard Cribbins
Old gentleman
William Mervyn
Father
Iain Cuthbertson
Doctor
Peter Bromilow
Ruth
Ann Lancaster
Russian
Gordon Whiting

Crew

Director
Lionel Jeffries

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
MGM - EMI
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Apr 2010
Certificate U
Categories
Childrens
Drama

Add new comment

Ads by Google