Cinema: Edwardian Elegy

Too often, children's movies are a chore for parents, a bore for kids. The Railway Children offers so many quiet pleasures, however, that not only will the kids be enchanted but their elders might even want to sneak off and see it on their own.

The family in which Bobbie (Jenny Agutter), Phyllis (Sally Thomsett) and Peter (Gary Warren) grow up is nearly perfect. Mother (Dinah Sheridan) is impish and radiant, Father (Iain Cuthbertson) steadfast and affectionate. They all share the joys of Edwardian London, generous' Christmases and outings to the theater. But one...

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