The Navigators
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In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading "East Midland Infrastructure," it is clear that there will be the inevitable winners and losers as downsizing and efficiency become the new buzzwords. A cheery camaraderie is soon replaced by uncertainty and turmoil when their depot manager fills them in on the details of the "new" arrangement. Privatization means that the customer now comes first, something that is instilled… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Loach's characters speak in a sometimes difficult Yorkie accent, but they tell a story anyone can understand."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Though not one of Loach's strongest films, his heart is in the rightplace, and his foray into the privatization of the British Railway System and its devstating effects on its workers is still a worthy cause to champion and a worthy film to see."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If The Full Monty had been a drama, and didn't have the peeling or happy ending, it would probably have looked something like this."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Loach has a way of capturing the offhand, unspectacular way people live, with social comedy but minus any sociology."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Essential Loach viewing for those who still believe in the cause."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While a bit less fulfilling than Riff Raff or Raining Stones, the latest chapter in the impressive Loach lexicon still packs a punch."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"This is a worthwhile motion picture whose central topic will resonate with many who see it."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Simply the final word on the evils of private industry."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"As comedy and drama, the film is full on, if not full monty... Wonderful performances keep us involved and engaged."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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