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Terminus (1961)

The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

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John Schlesinger
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Margaret Ashcroft Margaret Ashcroft ... Mother (uncredited)
Gertrude Dickin Gertrude Dickin ... Woman Asking About Train (uncredited)
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Elderly lady at lost property office (uncredited)
Matthew Perry Matthew Perry ... Little Lost Boy (uncredited)
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The movie follows the routine of a busy train station - London's Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of 1960s England, mixing reality and fiction.

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Short | Documentary

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Country:

UK

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English

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December 1961 (UK) See more »

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Mono
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This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary - Short Subject in 1963. After the nominations were announced, it was discovered the film had already been released, and the nomination had to be withdrawn. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jamaican Man
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Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Julian Cooper and Michell Raper
Sung by Mike Shaun, Vernon Neptune, and The Don Riddell Singers
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Training ground
1 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

John Schlesinger wrote and directed Terminus of a day in the life in a London railway station and the people who use it, work in it or may even reside in it.

Watching it over 55 years after it was made, it has a frozen in time quality of a London that once existed such as businessmen in bowler hats.

We see people commuting, people going on an expensive holidays as well as a little boy lost. However it increasingly felt less like a documentary as situations became contrived or were re-enacted. Hence why Schlesinger has a writing credit.

The little segment of people from the Caribbean with accompanying calypso music looks odd nowadays.

Still it is important to view it as an early work of someone who would go on to become an Oscar winning director.


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