David from Dearborn posted:

The Station Agent (2003)

This beautiful little movie starts with the main character "Fin" working as a train store repairman, then living in an an old abandoned train station and at least one scene of real train watching.  I would highly recommend it!

Good film.  Saw it quite a few years ago.  Some quirky characters.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Pingman posted:

This week-end, I watched most of the "In the Heat of the Night" with Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier, again, though it's been decades since the last time.

In the closing seen, as Poitier is leaving Sparta, and Steiger is seeing him off, Poitier is boarding a beautiful GM&O coach, in  striking maroon and red with gold stripes livery, pulled by an equally beautiful E-7.  The movie closes with the train departing and the camera pans out from altitude. 

Ah, yes. Saw that a couple months ago, with Lee Grant speaking afterwards. Tyne Daly and, I think, Brenda Vaccaro were in attendance. People cheered when Lee Grant's name came up in the credits - and when Poitier's did. I was tempted to cheer when the GM&O E unit appeared. Fun fact - set in Sparta, Miss., but filmed mainly in Sparta, Ill.

David

jimcap posted:
Dan Padova posted:

Another movie came to mind just now.  I'm going back about sixty years.  On TV I was watching a movie where a guy is running from the police or a gangster, not sure.  Anyway, he gets his foot caught in a switch track just as the points are closing.  An F unit is fat approaching.  Of course we don't see the blood & guts.  But in those days we had imaginations.   

Maybe someone can name the movie.  I sure can't at the moment.

I think it was  Sullivan's Travels 1941. A bum robs Sullivan , and run across the rail yard  and get hit by the train. Every one thinks it was Sullivan.

Jim, that's not the film I was thinking of.  As a matter of fact, I watched Sullivan's Travels only a few weeks ago on TCM.  Sullivan's Travels was a light comedy.  The film I'm trying to recall is anything but comedic.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Dan Padova posted:
jimcap posted:
Dan Padova posted:

Another movie came to mind just now.  I'm going back about sixty years.  On TV I was watching a movie where a guy is running from the police or a gangster, not sure.  Anyway, he gets his foot caught in a switch track just as the points are closing.  An F unit is fat approaching.  Of course we don't see the blood & guts.  But in those days we had imaginations.   

Maybe someone can name the movie.  I sure can't at the moment.

I think it was  Sullivan's Travels 1941. A bum robs Sullivan , and run across the rail yard  and get hit by the train. Every one thinks it was Sullivan.

Jim, that's not the film I was thinking of.  As a matter of fact, I watched Sullivan's Travels only a few weeks ago on TCM.  Sullivan's Travels was a light comedy.  The film I'm trying to recall is anything but comedic.  

You are correct,  I watch it again,  The bum doesn't get his foot caught in the switch, he just get run down by a fast moving train.

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I would call it a comedy/drama as it does get dark at times.

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Another movie came to mind just now.  I'm going back about sixty years.  On TV I was watching a movie where a guy is running from the police or a gangster, not sure.  Anyway, he gets his foot caught in a switch track just as the points are closing.  An F unit is fat approaching.  Of course we don't see the blood & guts.  But in those days we had imaginations.   

Maybe someone can name the movie.  I sure can't at the moment.

I think it was  Sullivan's Travels 1941. A bum robs Sullivan , and run across the rail yard  and get hit by the train. Every one thinks it was Sullivan.

Jim, that's not the film I was thinking of.  As a matter of fact, I watched Sullivan's Travels only a few weeks ago on TCM.  Sullivan's Travels was a light comedy.  The film I'm trying to recall is anything but comedic.  

You are correct,  I watch it again,  The bum doesn't get his foot caught in the switch, he just get run down by a fast moving train.

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I would call it a comedy/drama as it does get dark at times.

Wow, my memory is shorter than I thought.....LOL   I didn't recall that scene from Sullivan's Travels.

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Dan Padova posted:
jimcap posted:
Dan Padova posted:
jimcap posted:
Dan Padova posted:

Another movie came to mind just now.  I'm going back about sixty years.  On TV I was watching a movie where a guy is running from the police or a gangster, not sure.  Anyway, he gets his foot caught in a switch track just as the points are closing.  An F unit is fat approaching.  Of course we don't see the blood & guts.  But in those days we had imaginations.   

Maybe someone can name the movie.  I sure can't at the moment.

I think it was  Sullivan's Travels 1941. A bum robs Sullivan , and run across the rail yard  and get hit by the train. Every one thinks it was Sullivan.

Jim, that's not the film I was thinking of.  As a matter of fact, I watched Sullivan's Travels only a few weeks ago on TCM.  Sullivan's Travels was a light comedy.  The film I'm trying to recall is anything but comedic.  

You are correct,  I watch it again,  The bum doesn't get his foot caught in the switch, he just get run down by a fast moving train.

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I would call it a comedy/drama as it does get dark at times.

Wow, my memory is shorter than I thought.....LOL   I didn't recall that scene from Sullivan's Travels.

Thats okay your mind might have been on other things in the film.

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Amfleet25124 posted:
 

Kevin, you sure know your NYC trains'.  I also check the geography in films. I recently watched a movie that was to take place in Colorado, but was actually Norway.  Another was Louisiana, but actually Canada.  And the list goes on'.... Must be our generation, or LEOs just like to know where they are at all times'.... 🙄

KOOLjock1 posted:

Amfleet,

I lived down the block from Mystic Pizza when they were shooting the movie.  Knowing the geography of the area makes watching much harder.

Jon

Ted, on the F/G train line, I know that station from riding the trains in my teen years and trainspotting.  The "Coming to America" scene I had to do some internet hunting to find out the station name.

Jon, yes, it does make watching a movie harder.

Speaking of bad geography, OGR members from the Chicagoland area might find this interesting.  Returning to my earlier post about the Bob Newhart Show and his commute on the El home, apparently in the opening sequence he was walking all over the downtown erratically and taking trains that didn't match where he lived in Edgewater in the north part of Chicago.  Couple of interesting articles on this:

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicag...-way-out-of-his-way/

https://www.chicagotribune.com...-20170808-story.html

 

**NEW MOVIE ENTRY**

Used Cars (1980) with Kurt Russell and Jack Warden, which I'm watching the DVD right now.  Near the end of the movie, one of the characters racing back to the car lot has to ramp jump over a freight train.

Watched The World, The Flesh and The Devil staring Harry Belafonte. He survives a coal mine cave in and emerges into a post apocalyptic world. About a half hour in he's got an apartment with a Lionel J and train running through several rooms over the bed, bureau, ironing board and etc. Several minutes of the train running. 

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