The Railway Children


1h 48m 1978

Brief Synopsis

The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Victorian London. One night the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railroad, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father.

Film Details

Also Known As
Railway Children
MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Drama
Historical
Release Date
1978
Production Company
EMI Films, Ltd.
Location
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

The film opens in a happy, comfortable upper middle-class home in Victorian London. One night the three children see their father usher two strangers into his study. After an argument he leaves with them and does not return. They and their mother fall on hard times and eventually move to a cottage in the country. Yet they keep their spirits up and find ways to help others. Fascinated by the nearby railroad, they wave to the passengers faithfully every day, and their vigilance and courage prevent an accident. Their kindness makes friends of some important people who can help solve the mystery of their missing father.

Film Details

Also Known As
Railway Children
MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Drama
Historical
Release Date
1978
Production Company
EMI Films, Ltd.
Location
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Sally Thomsett, who played Phyllis, the younger sister, is actually somewhat older than Jenny Agutterm who played big sister Bobby.

Miscellaneous Notes

Sally Tomsett

Released in United States 1978

Directorial debut for character actor Lionel Jeffries.

Released in United States 1978 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Special Programs - Bring the Kids) April 13 - May 7, 1978.)