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The Railway Children

Director Lionel Jeffries
Producer Robert Lynn
Screenplay Lionel Jeffries
Stars Dinah Sheridan, Berard Cribbins, William Mervyn, Iain Cuthbertson, Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, Gary Warren
Year Released 1970
The Railway Children

The Railway Children


Edwardian London. A family's Christmas day is shattered when two officials visit and, for reasons which are not fully explained to the children, take away the father. A few weeks later the father still has not returned, and the childrens' mother announces that they must all move to the countryside to make ends meet.

They move into a small rural cottage, the 'Three Chimneys', and life at first seems cold and miserable. But the children, Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter find that a railway line runs past the field next to their new home. They spend the endless summer days playing, watching the trains, and visiting the friendly stationmaster at the nearby station. Bobbie never doubts that her father is innocent of the wrong-doings he's charged of, and, happily, the railway delivers an opportunity for her to intervene on his behalf.

Why in 100 Best?

A enthralling story with some emotional moments, set against some marvellous full-of-character victorian locations.
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