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Caught on a Train (1980)

Cast: Ingo Mogendorf, Sean Barry-Weske, Michael Kitchen, more...
Director: Peter Duffell
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Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English
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Over the course of one night and many miles, the lives of three passengers aboard a trans-European train are changed forever. English businessman Peter (Michael Kitchen) finds to his amazement that the friendship he's struck up with a carefree American woman called Lorraine (Wendy Raebeck) is quickly turning into something far more involved. Meanwhile, an older and demanding Viennese woman named Frau Messner (Dame Peggy Ashcroft) seems to have every intention of trying Peter's patience until they all witness its end. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A quiet classic from British TV by talltale July 30, 2004 - 7:06 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
CAUGHT ON A TRAIN, made for British television back in 1980, holds up beautifully. Filmed at a time when Britain was beginning to "join" the European community, it has political, cultural and economic undertones yet basically is a story about the near connection between an old Viennese woman and a young British PR man. Played--so very well--by Peggy Ashcroft, in one of her final performances, and a young Michael Kitchen, these characters could not ask for better interpretations. The teleplay is written by Stephen Poliakoff--who has gone on to quite a career, though nothing else he's done is any richer than this: a film that never announces its themes yet will leave an intelligent, knowledgeable viewer utterly in thrall. Watch the "extra" dvd interview with Poliakoff, Ashcroft and Kitchen that also features short bits from Brits like Lindsay Duncan and Timothy Spall, who explain what this film meant to them at the time of its original broadcast. This one is all-round beautiful, deep and amazing.

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(Average 8.67)
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