THREE BUSINESSMEN

GB / NED / US
1998
1hr 20mins
Dir: Alex Cox
Starring: Miguel Sandoval and Alex Cox

Two art dealers set out in Liverpool in search of a meal, and end up in a whirlwind trip around the Earth in search of food

This surreal comedy drama is a very odd spectacle, a truly bizarre film that makes little sense. It opens with a scene filmed at Liverpool Lime Street station and although the entrance features in several shots a lot of trains are visible in those filmed inside. A whole plethora of Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU’s can be seen in the platforms, along with a Class 156 DMU, a Class 86 locomotive, and Mk 3 coaching stock. Perhaps a little surprising is the fact that Miguel Sandoval alights from Class 323 EMU, No.323209. It is often forgotten that the Hunslet-built Centro units so associated with the Birmingham ‘Cross-City’ line regularly ran on services between Birmingham and Liverpool. Later, there is a very curious scene filmed on the Merseyrail system. Class 507 EMU No.507027 arrives into James Street station, Wirral Line Platform, and the two businessmen join. There then follows a short scene filmed onboard the train and as the lights flicker, it turns into the Rotterdam Metro!