A Masterpiece Theatre remake of the 1970 screen adaptation of E. Nesbit's beloved children's book, The Railway Children follows the fortunes of three resourceful children in turn-of-the-century England. An affluent family, the Waterburys fall upon difficult times when Mr. Waterbury (Michael Kitchen) is hauled away by the police for reasons not readily apparent. Forced to move to a small village, the family is held together by Mrs. Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, who played one of the Waterbury children in the 1970 film version), who ekes out a living by selling her stories to magazines. The three Waterbury siblings -- Bobbie (Jemima Rooper), Peter (Jack Blumenau), and Phyllis (Clare Thomas) -- try to help their mother make ends meet and take to spending time by the railroad, where they meet a host of eccentric acquaintances. Among them are the Station Master (Clive Russell), and a magnanimous railroad maven (Richard Attenborough), both of whom take a shine to the children. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi
This is a fanciful film that is a joy to watch. The acting is very believable from all persons and the scenery wonderful. As described by the narrator, this story is, however, unrealistic--even if it appears genuine. However, if you suspend reality, it is really a feel good movie. I remember thinking throughout the film, how wonderful it was that the children had adventures romping around the countryside and with the townspeople. I wonder what our children would be like without computer games, paintball, and IPods. Would they be happier?
This film is so nice with its simplicity. There is such a lazy-days atmosophere to it that I long to go back to. You can escape this hectic life for a couple hours and get lost in the goodness and purity of these childrens' thoughtfulness and kindnesses. I will actually encourage my kids to watch this because it teaches values.