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Van Leydens Reason for being on the train


Early on in the movie Van Leyden wants to go on the train. When the British refuse, he threatens to tell the crowds that the train is leaving, effectively blackmailing them. They cave in and let him go. Why? Wouldn't they have simply chucked him in a cell till the train left? The town was effectively under martial law.

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That occurred to me, too. But then, of course, the movie would lose a crucial plot aspect.

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They're British. They just don't do that sort of thing---unless the person is Irish from Ulster.

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The paper or magazine he worked for might have raised a stink if he'd been imprisoned for any length of time.
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