The Railway Man

The Railway Man

  • R
  • 2013
  • 116 min
  • Australia, UK
  • biography, drama, romance

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Screenwriters: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson

Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård

Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.


  • Jonathan Teplitzky
    Jonathan Teplitzky

    Jonathan Teplitzky is an Australian writer and film director, who has directed the movies Better Than Sex (2000), Gettin' Square (2003), Burning Man (2011), The Railway Man (2013), and Churchill (2017).

Main Cast


Producer: Andy Paterson, Bill Curbishley,

Casting: Nikki Barrett, Ben Parkinson, Kaprice Kea, Caroline Stewart

Director Of Photography: Garry Phillips

Original Music Composer: David Hirschfelder

Costume Design: Lizzy Gardiner

Production Design: Steven Jones-Evans


Source: based on the book by Eric Lomax

Tagline: Revenge is never a straight line.

Genres: biography, drama, romance, war

Certificate: R

Categories: post traumatic stress disorder, world war two, victim, revenge, redemption, torture, year 1942, singapore, prisoner of war, pow camp, forced labor, secret radio, japanese occupation


Year: 2013

Runtime: 116 min

Country: Australia, UK, Switzerland

Language: English, Japanese

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Also Known As

  • Le due vie del destino (IT)
  • Die Liebe seines Lebens (DE)
  • Les voies du destin (FR)
  • Un largo viaje (ES)
  • Un pasado imborrable (AR)


  • Alexa Dalby (Dog and Wolf)

    It's a very British film which, behind its initially stiff upper lip, connects with deep emotions that make it a quietly moving story of forgiveness and redemption. Full Review ...

  • Peter Howell (Toronto Star)

    The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful.

  • David Hiltbrand (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.