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Off the Rails

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Adam Irving

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About the Movie

The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 6 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to. Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An assured and thoughtful debut. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Nov 17, 2016

Fresh: Though the film eventually grows as repetitious as its subject's habit, this odd tale has an undeniable bizarro human-interest fascination. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 11, 2016

Fresh: [An] excellent documentary ... – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Nov 3, 2016

Fresh: While we fret over a situation offering no easy solutions, Irving alternates between colorful anecdotes from McCollum's illicit career and examples of the way the courts have failed him. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 1, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Incredble

Very well done doc!

A Wonderful Documentary on Darius mccollum

i saw off the rails few times so far own it on iTunes watch it in my phone tablet Apple TV great movie to buy or rent

Off the Rails

I'm afraid this documentary is getting way better reviews than it deserves. The subject matter is a little bizarre, but the novelty of this poor guys affliction wears off after about a half hour of viewing, and then the material is just repetitive. And that's it. No resolution, no new revelations, just the same compulsive behavior from Darius, and the same mindless response from the authorities. Overall, just a frustrating bit of film and nothing more.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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