Night Train (1998 film)

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Night Train
Night Train (1998 film) poster.jpg
film poster
Directed byJohn Lynch
Produced byTristan Lynch
Written byAodhan Madden
StarringJohn Hurt
Brenda Blethyn
Music byAdam Lynch
CinematographySeamus Deasy
Edited byJ. Patrick Duffner
Distributed byFilmopolis Pictures
Release date
28 August 1998 (1998-08-28)
Running time
92 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$4.5 million

Night Train is a 1998 Irish romantic thriller directed by John Lynch (as his debut feature), starring John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn, released in the United Kingdom on August 28, 1998. Lynch was nominated for a Crystal Star for the film at the Brussels International Film Festival,[1] and Hurt won the Best Actor award at the Verona Love Screens Film Festival for his performance.[1]


The film follows Michael Poole (Hurt), an ex-prisoner with a passion for electric trains and the Orient Express. In his attempts at starting a new life, he finds refuge in the house of Mrs. Mooney, a possessive old lady (Pauline Flanagan). Things begin to get complicated when he falls for the lady's daughter (Brenda Blethyn), and he faces the ultimate question of catching the night train or taking charge of his life like an adult.[2][3]



Variety's Glenn Lovell wrote that while the film was a "good-hearted" mix of romance and reflection, the film "eventually jumps the tracks, derailed by jarring tone shifts and homestretch absurdities."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Awards for Night Train". IMDb. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Night Train". Film Index International. 22 December 2015. ProQuest 1745339588.
  3. ^ Dwyer, Michael. "Love on the tracks". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  4. ^ Lovell, Glenn (8 January 1999). "Night Train". Variety. Retrieved 28 December 2020.

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