The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Catherine Morshead (2000)

97min
U Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

Concluded.

Cast & Crew

TBC Michael Kitchen
TBC Jenny Agutter
Director Catherine Morshead

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: videoReleased on: 2 Apr 2010
Children's Drama