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68% Tomatometer 127 Reviews 68% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a former British army officer and POW, discovers that the Japanese interpreter who tortured him is still alive. He and his new wife (Nicole Kidman) set out to confront the man who caused him so much pain. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.

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The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Wendy Ide Times (UK) Fortunately, the unwieldy structure doesn’t obscure the quality performances... Aug 24, 2022 Full Review The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Edward Porter Times (UK) [An] absorbing, slightly exaggerated account of a true story... Aug 22, 2022 Full Review The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's well acted, with a few moments of remarkable intensity, but it's not a journey you'd rush to take. Rated: 3/5 Sep 6, 2017 Full Review The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies “The Railway Man” works because of the amazing story and the fabulous performances who bring it to life. Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens The Railway Man packs an emotional punch to move even the coldest heart; so powerful you feel the pain, you feel burdens lift as demons are faced, you feel the forgiveness fill the screen and the room, and just watching you are lifted and uplifted. Dec 14, 2019 Full Review The Railway Man | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Katie Smith-Wong Flick Feast Director Teplitzky lacks narrative power behind what should be a traumatic experience. When you see more poignancy in the end credits rather than the actual film, it is a sign to show where the real strength of the story lies. Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 21, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Igor S I read about the real story about these 2 ex soldiers many years ago and confess i don't know much about it but i get the feeling that this movie should have been alot better, especially when given such a powerful act like life long trauma and forgiveness.Some characters weren't as fleshed out as they should have been; some things happen to fast and the movie is filled with repetitive scenes. Although i understand the repetitiveness, because often times, that how the lifes of people with trauma seem like to them, there is no excuse for the rest. A powerful, real life story like this has so much potential that it's a shame it was never fully realized.The true heart of the movie tho (forgiveness and the healing that comes from it) is definitely here and it is impactful. It's worth seeing just for that message alone. Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Wayne M I give this 2 stars and 5 yawns. Based on an interesting true story, though The Railway Man fails to deliver. Rated 2/5 Stars • Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/22/24 Full Review Ronald H Ignore the cynical critics who dissed this movie. They're in the minority anyway. The movie has its flaws---the characters are not as deeply drawn as they could be,; Lomax's marriage is sketched too quickly; Nicole Kidman's part is underwritten. But the movie's message is so powerful and presented with such integrity, the minor shortcomings are irrelevant. I would add that films that use non-chronological storytelling often annoy me. It seems like a cheap and unnecessary trick But here, for some reason, it works. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/06/24 Full Review Hatsuhito S 自分たちのことは棚にあげた戦勝国の都合の映画。テーマは怒りの抑制は相手を赦すこと? Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/27/23 Full Review Chris J Although this mini series had some corny moments and dramatic overacting, I honestly thought it was very well made and did offer some epic scenes. I recommend it. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/22/23 Full Review Simon M Not as good as the Chernobyl or f*ckushima dramas but pretty good. The dubbed version suffers from stereotypical Indian accents but certainly worth a view. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Cast & Crew

Jonathan Teplitzky Director Colin Firth Eric Lomax Nicole Kidman Patti Lomax Jeremy Irvine Young Eric Stellan Skarsgård Finlay Hiroyuki Sanada Nagase
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Movie Info

Synopsis Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a former British army officer and POW, discovers that the Japanese interpreter who tortured him is still alive. He and his new wife (Nicole Kidman) set out to confront the man who caused him so much pain.

Jonathan Teplitzky

Chris Brown, Bill Curbishley

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson

Weinstein Co.

Production Co
Archer Street Productions

R (Disturbing POW Violence)

History, Drama, Biography

Original Language

Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 11, 2014, Limited

Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 11, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA)

1h 48m
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Eric Sutherland Lomax (30 May 1919 – 8 October 2012) was a British Army officer who was sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. He is most notable for his book, The Railway Man, about his experiences before, during, and after World War II, which won the 1996 NCR Book Award and the PEN/Ackerley Prize.

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'The Railway Man' Was Praised by Historians

However, The Railway Man offers a more accurate depiction of working in labor camps than other war films, as it analyzes both the psychological and physical effects that imprisonment had on the men that were captured.

What happened at the end of The Railway Man? ›

Lomax finally frees Nagase, throws his knife into the nearby river and returns to Britain. After receiving a heartfelt letter from Nagase confessing his feelings of guilt, Lomax returns, with Patricia, to Thailand. He meets Nagase once again, and in an emotional scene the two accept each other's apologies and embrace.

Is The railroad Man movie based on a true story? ›

A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp.

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