587: The Great Train Robbery

 
Very appealing to kids who love trains.
  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Mild peril.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this amusing movie has a little bit of danger, and issues well-worth discussing with kids about making decisions, but there's nothing to worry about.

What's the story?

In 587: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, Alex (Nick Abeel) is the kind of kid who fits out his soapbox racer using an astonishing array of household items that he never got around to mentioning that he was taking. Of course his parents forgive him for appropriating their utensils, after he promises never to do it again. He doesn't quite keep that promise, though, when he comes upon a splendid old train on its way to the scrap heap. He is determined to find a way to save it. But that means that he has to find a way to get it to the museum, and the only way to get it there is to drive it. With the help of a spunky online friend (who has access to the track and switch information) and the train's old engineer, Alex saves the day.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This movie is a clear labor of love for the film-makers, and will be a hit with kids, especially those who love trains. Parents will want to talk to their children about some of Alex's choices, especially his decision to drive the train without talking to his parents, and they will want to talk about whether what Alex did counts as stealing something that was not his. But they should also talk about how good Alex and his friends are at problem-solving, and about Alex's ability to see the possibilities in the objects all around him.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of Alex's choices, especially his decision to drive the train without talking to his parents, and they will want to talk about whether what Alex did counts as stealing something that was not his. But they should also talk about how good Alex and his friends are at problem-solving, and about Alex's ability to see the possibilities in the objects all around him.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 16, 2000
DVD release date:January 27, 2004
Cast:Alexander Thomas Phillips, Ariadne Baker-Dunn, Russell Stockmen
Director:Dan T. Hall
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Drama
Topics:Trains
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJoBotheHobo November 25, 2009
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Great for young kids.

I didn't get much of a kick out of it, but I'm sure younger kids may like it.
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010
age 4+
 

cute

If your kids aren't into trains, they may not like this movie.

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