'The Railway Man' Unites Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in a Heartrending True Story

Matt McDaniel
Yahoo Movies

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"The Railway Man" brings together two esteemed Oscar winners, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, for the first time in their careers. But it's a film that is well-suited to both of their talents: a period drama based on a true story about love and loss.

Firth plays Eric Lomax, a Signals officer in the British Army during World War II who was captured and brutally tortured by the Japanese military. Later in life, Lomax was able to confront the soldier responsible for his torture (played in the film by Hiroyuki Sanada), who was also haunted by his experience during the war. Lomax later wrote about his experiences in the book "The Railway Man" on which the film is based.

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Firth, of course, won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing another historical figure, King George VI in 2010's "The King's Speech." But unlike the late monarch, Eric Lomax was still alive when Firth was cast as him, and the two men were able to meet and discuss the events depicted in the film. Lomax passed away in 2012 at the age of 93.

Nicole Kidman plays Patti Wallace, the nurse who met Lomax later in his life and eventurally married him. Kidman also won her Academy Award for portraying another true-life figure: writer Virginia Woolf in 2003's "The Hours." She's subsequently played photographer Diane Arbus in "Fur," and will next be seen as Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco."

"The Railway Man" will be in theaters soon.