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The Railway Man (2013)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 10,836 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 23 May 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
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  • IMDb page: The Railway Man (2013)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 10,836 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Release Date: 23 May 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Filming Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $4,435,083 (USA) (11 July 2014)
  • Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
  • Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: David Hirschfelder   
  • Soundtrack: Rasputin
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Japanese | Prisoner Of War | Love | Radio | British

Writing Credits By:

  • Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay) and
  • Andy Paterson (screenplay)
  • Eric Lomax (book)

Known Trivia

  • The real-life Patti Lomax attended the film’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. She received a standing ovation upon the screening of the film. 48 of 49 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The film uses compressed time to speed up the story. Eric Lomax and Patti Wallace did meet in 1980, but in reality they didn’t marry until 1983. Eric didn’t learn that Takashi Nagase was still alive until 1993, and they finally met in 1995. 31 of 32 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Rachel Weisz was originally cast as Patti Lomax, but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, with re-shoots planned for The Bourne Legacy (2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Nicole Kidman replaced her after being asked to take the part by Colin Firth himself. 37 of 39 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Jeremy Irvine was cast as the younger version of Colin Firth’s character, after Firth himself suggested him for the role. 28 of 29 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Nicole Kidman felt intrigued to star in the film due to its theme of forgiveness. 37 of 44 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Bridge where old Eric standing at the end of the movie is the famous Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand. 9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Eric and Patti are "naked" in bed after Eric returns from his first trip to Thailand, Patti is obviously wearing a body stocking.

Plot: A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. Full summary » |  »

Story: Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? Written byAnonymous

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Claudia Bluemhuber known as executive producer
  • Chris Brown known as producer
  • Colleen Clarke known as supervising post producer
  • Bill Curbishley known as producer
  • Annalise Davis known as co-producer
  • Barbara Gibbs known as line producer
  • Ian Hutchinson known as executive producer
  • Daria Jovicic known as executive producer
  • Zygi Kamasa known as executive producer
  • Andy Paterson known as producer
  • Michelle Sahayan known as associate producer
  • Charles Salmon known as line producer
  • Anand Tucker known as executive producer
  • Oliver Veysey known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jeremy Irvine known as Young Eric
  • Colin Firth known as Eric
  • Stellan Skarsgård known as Finlay
  • Michael MacKenzie known as Sutton
  • Nicole Kidman known as Patti
  • Jeffrey Daunton known as Burton
  • Tanroh Ishida known as Young Takeshi Nagase
  • Tom Stokes known as Withins
  • Bryan Probets known as Major York
  • Tom Hobbs known as Thorlby
  • Sam Reid known as Young Finlay
  • Akos Armont known as Jackson
  • Kitamoto Takato known as Japanese Officer
  • Keith Fleming known as Removal Man
  • Ben Aldridge known as Baliff
  • Yutaka Izumihara known as Japanese NCO
  • Louis Toshio Okada known as Hank the Yank
  • Micheal Doonan known as Doctor Rogers
  • Shoota Tanahshi known as Japanese Mechanic
  • Peter Tuinstra known as Pump Operator
  • Shogo Tanikawa known as Japanese Engineer
  • Ben Warren known as Cook
  • Keiichi Enomoto known as Sakamoto
  • Masa Yamaguchi known as Kempei Officer
  • Hiroyuki Sanada known as Takeshi Nagase
  • Ewen Leslie known as Captain Thompson
  • Shinji Ikefuji known as Thug Sergeant
  • Jack McTaggart known as Australian Soldier
  • Sarah McVicar known as Nurse
  • Therese Bradley known as Mother
  • David Breen known as British POW (uncredited)
  • Byron J. Brochmann known as British Trooper POW (uncredited)
  • Ray Crofter known as War Veteran #4 (uncredited)
  • Marta Dusseldorp known as Memsahib (uncredited)
  • David Firestar known as Tourist (uncredited)
  • Anthony Miller known as British Liasion Major Miller (uncredited)
  • Glenna Morrison known as Mrs.Margery Lomax (uncredited)
  • Anteo Quintavalle known as POW '2' (uncredited)
  • Ben Rossberg known as POW / Medic (uncredited)
  • Charlie Ruedpokanon known as Japanese Guard (uncredited)
  • Ron Smoorenburg known as Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Taka Uematsu known as Warrant officer (uncredited)
  • Koichi Waki known as Slap Thorlby Japanese Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Matthew Wollaston known as Eric's carriage (uncredited)
  • Takashi Yamaguchi known as Japanese Guard (uncredited)
  • Toshi Yoshino known as Japanese Guard (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Leanne Belbin known as additional makeup artist
  • Jessica Cruickshank known as make-up/hair artist
  • Wendy De Waal known as hair designer
  • Wendy De Waal known as personal makeup artist
  • Gail Kane known as additional hair stylist
  • Gail Kane known as additional makeup
  • Johny Live known as hair stylist
  • Tia Stephanou known as assistant makeup artist
  • Shane Thomas known as makeup designer
  • Kerry Warn known as personal hair stylist to Ms. Kidman

Art Department:

  • Brett Beacham known as head prop maker
  • Christopher Bruce known as assistant art director
  • Joey Charlton known as art department attachment
  • Garth Croft known as carpenter
  • Jake Drummond known as carpenter
  • Justine Dunn known as property master
  • Jim Elliott known as property master
  • Nick Foley known as art department assistant
  • Colin H. Fraser known as construction manager: UK
  • Simon Gill known as art department assistant
  • Jeff Gribble known as armourer
  • Jamie McCallum known as carpenter
  • Russell McGovern known as art department assistant
  • Elaine McLenachan known as prop buyer
  • Carly Parris known as assistant buyer
  • Christian Petersen known as senior buyer/dresser
  • John Rann known as contruction manager
  • Emma Rudkin known as set dresser
  • Jocelyn Thomas known as art department co-coordinator
  • Caireen Todd known as assistant art director: UK
  • Willem van Heemstra known as props
  • Jo Watkinson known as graphics (as Josephine Watkinson)
  • Callum Webster known as concept artist
  • Zoe Wight known as standby art director: UK




Production Companies:

  • Archer Street Productions
  • Latitude Media
  • Lionsgate
  • Pictures in Paradise (a co-production with)
  • Silver Reel (in association with)
  • Thai Occidental Productions

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Buzzy's Recording  post-production sound services
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services by
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Huzzah Sound  sound post-production
  • Siam Costumes International  costumer
  • SparkeFilms History Design  military costumes
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • VS Service  star trailers
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Cathay-Keris Films (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • E1 Films Canada (2014) (Canada) (theatrical) (as eOne Films Canada)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Innoform Media (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Kadokawa (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2012) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2014) (Spain) (all media)
  • KVH Media Group (2014) (worldwide) (all media) (ships)
  • MG Film (2014) (Croatia) (all media)
  • Midget Entertainment (2012) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2013) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2014) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2014) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2014) (USA) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Method Studios (visual effects)
  • Special Eye Effects (special effects contact lenses)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dustin Cumming known as compositor
  • Jayne Da Costa known as visual effects producer
  • Ian Dodman known as cg supervisor
  • Faith Domingo known as rotoscope artist
  • Chris Jackson known as compositor
  • Mike James known as matte painter: method studios
  • Gyuri Kiss known as head of 3d
  • Helen Kok known as visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Loui known as digital compositor
  • Tim Parsons known as digital compositor
  • Sebastian Ravagnani known as visual effects
  • Andrew Robinson known as visual effects executive producer: Method Studios
  • James Rogers known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jensen Toms known as lighting artist
  • Randy Vellacott known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence



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