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Return to Waterloo (1984)

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An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.

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Ray Davies

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Ray Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Boy Punk
Kenneth Colley ... The Traveller
Claire Parker Claire Parker ... Walkman Girl
Ray Davies ... Subway Singer
Sue Vanner Sue Vanner ... Sexy Girl
Michael Fish Michael Fish ... Himself
Valerie Holliman Valerie Holliman ... Traveler's Wife
Aaron Probyn Aaron Probyn ... Small Boy Traveller
Wanda Rokicki ... School Teacher
Dominique Barnes ... Traveller's Daughter
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Businessman
Michael Cule Michael Cule ... Businessman
Hywel Williams-Ellis Hywel Williams-Ellis ... Young Businessman (as Hywel Williams Ellis)
Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell ... Headmaster
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... Father, Horsley Station
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An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.

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The ultimate music video movie by the ultimate rock 'n' roll storyteller See more »

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Musical | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ray Davies: Return to Waterloo See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of Tim Roth's early roles is in this film playing a young punk See more »

Goofs

During the song "Not Far Away," one of the old soldiers mouths the other's line. See more »

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Edited from Firesign Theatre Presents 'Hot Shorts' (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Voices in the Dark
(End Title)
Written and Performed by Ray Davies / The Kinks
Courtesy of RCA Records
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An underrated masterpiece of the 80's
27 April 2008 | by purrshapedSee all my reviews

Ray Davies' Return To Waterloo should stand up in British culture at least as high as The Who's Tommy and even Pink Floyd's The Wall.

The saying " the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" Has always been specifically applied to the British middle classes, and never more so that to Ken Colley's rendition of the Traveller, continuing his daily pilgrimage to Waterloo, to his Estate Agent's Job in the centre of London, despite his possible mental breakdown , or the more disturbing realisation that he may ( or may not ) be the sought after Surrey Rapist.

Like any Rock Opera, what makes this production is the quality of the songs, from the kids at the platform mickying "ladder of success," to the hauntingly beautiful ( and tearfullly sad ) "Have you seen this face" Davies manages to keep many possibilities and happenstances open, until you are unsure if what you are seeing from the Traveller is a collection of morning train daydreams, the visions of a fast decaying mind, or guilt aligning itself to reality and cognisance and the necessary reparations.

Pete


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