The Railway Children
The Railway Children (1970)

In this film, Dinah Sheridan plays the mother of three children who must live in reduced circumstances when her husband, a government official, is arrested on a false charge of treason. The kids adapt rather well to their new environment, a… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

This is a lovely film, in the same spirit as the Secret Garden, or many other British tales of plucky children facing adversity with courage and grace.

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

Those of you coming to the film for the first time are in for a treat; those familiar with it will enjoy its sparkling restoration.

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Jeffries mounts the whole thing with charm, humour and subtle smarts. And, let's face it, our obsession with Jenny Agutter, 11 years before American Werewolf, started here.

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Anna Baddeley
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film - which sticks closely to E Nesbit's original dialogue and glows with a rural, pre-World War One innocence - is a classic in its own right.

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Peter Bradshaw

It all slips down very nicely; Bernard Cribbins is terrific as railwayman Perks, and Jeffries' final scene... is justly celebrated

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Directed by Lionel Jeffries, this adaptation of E Nesbit's much-loved novel is simply the finest children's film ever made in this country.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Great British family classic is rewarding for families.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Kids reared on the accelerated thrills of modern children's cinema might find the pacing a little lethargic but if you can persuade them to give it a chance, this sweet-natured family classic should work its magic.

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Shane Burridge

An idyllic world that is entirely plausible

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This nearly perfect cinematic rendition of Edith Nesbit's popular children's novel follows the lives of Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis, and Peter, and… More