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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Tom Hanks
Josh Hutcherson
Directors
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriters
Robert Zemeckis
William Broyles Jr.
Chris Van Allsburg
Running Time
101 minutes

The Polar Express
A small boy is doubting Santa's existence. Then the Polar Express turns up, headed straight for the big man's home at the North Pole


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Plot
On Christmas Eve, a boy wrestles with his growing misgivings over the existence of Santa. His troubled sleep is interrupted by the arrival of a billowing steam train, ready to whisk him and other confused kiddiewinks off to the North Pole for a first-hand


Verdict
For all the fairy-lit wonder, some will rail at the idea of the director of Back To The Future dabbling with such a schmaltzy tale. Cynics will sneeze in shock; children, young and old, will cuddle up and dream along.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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