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A crew of Yorkshire railroad workers try to weather the privatization of British Rail in the mid-1990s, as their new employers toss out union agreements and pressure them to take severance packages. Working-class hero Ken Loach (director of Bread and Roses and My Name Is Joe) tapped railroad man Rob Dawber to script this 2001 British feature after Dawber wrote him about declining safety standards and working conditions in the new era. The neophyte screenwriter carefully details how market forces eat away at the men's solidarity and job security, but their relationships with one another—the wellspring of workplace drama—remain sketchy despite an able cast of professionals (Joe Duttine, Steve Huison) and amateurs (Venn Tracey, Sean Glenn). 96 min.

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