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Night Train (1998)

Trains, romance, a mysterious past. Michael Poole (Sir John Hurt) is an ex-conman, whose cons have finally caught up with him. Unaware of his past, Alice (Brenda Blethyn) joins him in a dramatic escape on the Orient Express.

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John Lynch

Writer:

Aodhan Madden
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Complete credited cast:
John Hurt ... Michael Poole
Brenda Blethyn ... Alice Mooney
Pauline Flanagan Pauline Flanagan ... Mrs. Mooney
Rynagh O'Grady ... Winnie
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ... Walter
Paul Roe Paul Roe ... Blake
Lorcan Cranitch ... Billy
Cathy White ... Liz
Kevin McHugh Kevin McHugh ... Detective Cassidy
Aaron Harris Aaron Harris ... Sgt. Charlie
Alan Archbold Alan Archbold ... Abattior Man
Gerald Fitzmahony Gerald Fitzmahony ... Delivery Man
Daniel Reardon ... Drunk Man
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A man released from jail, where he had served time for doctoring the books of a gangster, has to go into hiding from the gangster's men. He moves into a Dublin boarding house run by a woman and her timid daughter. The timid woman immediately takes a shine to the new boarder and to his train sets, which they each use as an escape from reality. However, her mother doesn't like their relationship and they both are chased by the gangsters. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Trains...Romance...A Mysterious Past...


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Late Life Romance with Gangster Lite Background
1 March 2013 | by peru1-595-630106See all my reviews

Brenda Blethyn (52) and John Hurt (58) are the lovers in this late life romance. It is very much like a stage play and the story line is so fragile that you are required to champion the actors and disregard brief not too well done action sequences that move the story along.

It is low budget but the filming is very competent. I found it a little hard to believe that a middle class (at best) middle aged introverted woman (Blethyn) could suddenly appear decked out like Lauren Bacall in the train sequences--where did she get the expensive clothes etc...ditto for John Hurt who had been working in a slaughter house disposing of offal--although his career had actually been as a rip off shady bookkeeper-- still not the evening clothes type.

The model train stuff was hard to swallow but central to the story--what can I say all in all it works as enjoyable entertainment what more do you want? The narrow focus of the action (to the romance and elopement) helps make it low key and relaxing even though there are scenes of people being burned alive etc... ODD movie in this regard.

Tacked on items like the women's lingerie thief reveal the fundamental naive amateur nature of the writing/production. But that's what gives this B production it's appeal.

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tren nocturno See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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