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The Navigators

R 2001 1h 36m Drama List
90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 83% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
After British Rail is privatized, five co-workers struggle to survive during the transition period. Managing director Mr. Hemmings (Nigel Harrison) instructs the employees on the finer points of customer service, but the new company has seemingly contradictory goals. Len (Andy Swallow) takes a job with an agency with better pay but less security, and soon colleagues Paul (Joe Duttine) and John (Dean Andrews) follow suit. Eventually the whole staff faces layoffs and an uncertain future. Read More Read Less

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Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Wesley Morris Boston Globe Loach has a way of capturing the offhand, unspectacular way people live, with social comedy but minus any sociology. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 24, 2003 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Loach's ruses to compose a social treaty on the labor and social condition of these workers lacks dramatic force and the humor with which it's tried to appease the supposed moments of intensity is tiresome. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/10 Jul 23, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Though not one of Loach's strongest films, his heart is in the rightplace, and his foray into the privatization of the British Railway System and its devstating effects on its workers is still a worthy cause to champion and a worthy film to see. Rated: B- Sep 11, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Essential Loach viewing for those who still believe in the cause. Rated: B+ Feb 14, 2004 Full Review Maria Garcia Film Journal International Simply the final word on the evils of private industry. Feb 22, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I am reviewing this having not done so before, mainly because l saw Sorry we missed you last night and the site won't let me review. The Navigators is one of my favourite Ken Loach films mainly because of its brilliantly accurate portrayal of British working class men. No one in this film looks or sounds remotely like a film star. They are not people l have met but from my own experience they are the kind of people who exist. In less skilled hands, social realism can miss the nuances of everyday means of coping, notably the black humour and stoicism. I also like the film because it feels more human and less didactic than some of his other films. It is not a film "against" privatisation but a human drama concerning people who are all too rarely portrayed. Ken Loach is an old man now but it is impossible to see anyone replacing him. Perhaps that is why he still makes movies. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Text book comedy and tragedy from Ken Loach as he tackles the issue of the privatisation of British Rail. Tory cunts. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Very real, very bleak British drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Remarkable working class heroes drama with adequate doses of humor.The bitter side of privatize Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Movie in the good social tradition of Ken Loach which brings us to the dismantling of the public UK railway system through the decline in the living standard of the workers for the enriching of the owners of the new private companies in the name of the nonsensical liberal capitalism. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member another winner from director ken loach not one of strongest films but worth a watch Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After British Rail is privatized, five co-workers struggle to survive during the transition period. Managing director Mr. Hemmings (Nigel Harrison) instructs the employees on the finer points of customer service, but the new company has seemingly contradictory goals. Len (Andy Swallow) takes a job with an agency with better pay but less security, and soon colleagues Paul (Joe Duttine) and John (Dean Andrews) follow suit. Eventually the whole staff faces layoffs and an uncertain future.
Director
Ken Loach
Producer
Rebecca O'Brien
Screenwriter
Rob Dawber
Production Co
Tornasol Films S.A.
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 22, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$1.9K
Runtime
1h 36m
Sound Mix
Surround