587: The Great Train Robbery

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Very appealing to kids who love trains.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010

cute

If your kids aren't into trains, they may not like this movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJoBotheHobo November 25, 2009

Great for young kids.

I didn't get much of a kick out of it, but I'm sure younger kids may like it.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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