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The Navigators (2003)




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In South Yorkshire, a small group of railway maintenance men discover that because of privatization, their lives will never be the same. When the trusty British Rail sign is replaced by one reading "East Midland Infrastructure," it is clear that there will be the inevitable winners and losers as downsizing and efficiency become the new buzzwords. A cheery camaraderie is soon replaced by uncertainty and turmoil when their depot manager fills them in on the details of the "new" arrangement. Privatization means that the customer now comes first, something that is instilled into the men in new training sessions. But there are inconsistencies and shortsightedness to the new ways. Men used to working together now find themselves belonging to different, competing companies. Some even have to tender for their old jobs. Others decide to take the redundancy packages offered by the firm. As always, corners are cut in the interest of lowering costs, leading to a series of misadventures.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rob Dawber
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On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
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Sean Glenn
as Harpie
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Critic Reviews for The Navigators

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Loach's characters speak in a sometimes difficult Yorkie accent, but they tell a story anyone can understand.

Full Review… | June 5, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Loach has a way of capturing the offhand, unspectacular way people live, with social comedy but minus any sociology.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
Boston Globe
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This is a worthwhile motion picture whose central topic will resonate with many who see it.

Full Review… | February 20, 2003
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November 26, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | November 14, 2003
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Navigators

[font=Century Gothic]"The Navigators" takes place in 1995 when British Rail is bring privatized, the effects of which are being felt at all levels. Workers for the renamed East Midlands Infrastructure(later renamed Gilchrist Engineering) no longer have the lifetime job security and benefits they once had, and a good number are taking the redundancy offer while the going is good. Meanwhile, for the ones who are staying, there is barely enough work to go around.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Ken Loach, "The Navigators" provides an excellent case study as to why certain government operations should never be privatized and run for a profit.(Do not even think of doing this with Amtrak.) Overall, it is a disaster for everybody all around.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The movie is political without being shrill. It captures the feeling of being underemployed perfectly. The film ends strongly enough to have an impact but we never get to know any of the characters well.[/font]

Walter M.

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Appropiate portrayal of a british railworker's teams downfall which ultimately alienates their morals as well. A grim and very realistic view on contemporary British working class. Only watch this, if you are interested in sociological topics.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer


Loach has a way of capturing the offhand, unspectacular way people live, with social comedy but minus any sociology.

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