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The Navigators (2001)

Five Yorkshiremen try to survive after the British Rail is bought out by a private company.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Rob Dawber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Andrews ... John
Thomas Craig ... Mick (as Tom Craig)
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ... Paul
Steve Huison ... Jim
Venn Tracey Venn Tracey ... Gerry
Andy Swallow Andy Swallow ... Len
Sean Glenn Sean Glenn ... Harpic
Charlie Brown Charlie Brown ... Jack
Juliet Bates Juliet Bates ... Fiona
John Aston John Aston ... Bill Walters
Graham Heptinstall Graham Heptinstall ... Owen
Angela Forrest Angela Forrest ... Tracy (as Angela Saville)
Clare McSwain Clare McSwain ... Lisa
Megan Topham Megan Topham ... Chloe
Abigail Pearson Abigail Pearson ... Eve
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Storyline

In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading East Midland Infrastructure, it is clear that there will be the inevitable winners and losers as downsizing and efficiency become the new buzzwords. A cheery camaraderie is soon replaced by uncertainty and turmoil when their depot manager fills them in on the details of the new arrangement. Privatization means that the customer now comes first, something that is instilled into the men in new training sessions. But there are inconsistencies and shortsightedness to the new ways. Men used to working together now find themselves belonging to different, competing companies. Some even have to tender for their old jobs. Others decide to take the redundancy packages offered by the firm. As always, corners are cut in the interest of lowering costs, leading to a series of misadventures. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Spain) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,940, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$3,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Fiona: [Gerry playing chess against himself after everyone leaves] Ah who's winning?
Gerry: Checkmate.
Fiona: Checkmate, what's that mean?
Gerry: What ever move you make, you lose.
Fiona: [chuckles] Story of my life.
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excellent
22 December 2003 | by erikaherzogSee all my reviews

THE NAVIGATORS is another excellent Ken Loach movie.

I had been putting off watching it because I thought it would be very gruelling and upsetting. I've been a fan of Ken Loach's movies for a long time but oftentimes I am not in the mood because I know I'll either cry or get upset (or both).

THE NAVIGATORS is different than his other films. It isn't a movie where you cry and have the feeling of being emotionally raked over the coals (just saw the haunting SWEET SIXTEEN and am still having the aftershocks from that one).

Anyway, THE NAVIGATORS is a movie that you watch and get angry. For anyone working in a globalized economy (i.e., almost everyone) the ideas behind the railworker's plight -- how absolutely screwed they are -- is nothing new. Yet I can't think of a movie that has illustrated this situation more clearly. It's actually shocking that there aren't more movies about how altered our working world has became. Possibly because this is such a current experience in the world today.

THE NAVIGATORS is a saga of working men, attractive, tough, garrulous, hard-working people who just want to work hard, make money, live their lives.

I recommend the movie highly.


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