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Berlin Express (1948)

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A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

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Charles Korvin ...
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Robert Coote ...
Sterling
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow ...
Lt. Maxim Kiroshilov
Peter von Zerneck ...
Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
Otto Waldis ...
Kessler
Fritz Kortner ...
Franzen
Michael Harvey ...
Sgt. Barnes
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Major (as Richard Powers)
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In divided Germany just after WWII, people from many different countries are passengers on a train. When one of the passengers, a German working for peace, is kidnapped by people who don't want his ideas to work, the others must set aside their differences and work together to find him in time for an important conference. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Reinhold Schünzel, who plays Professor Walther in the film, was the director of the original 1933 German stage comedy Viktor and Viktoria (1933), which Blake Edwards later adapted as Victor/Victoria (1995), a vehicle for his wife Julie Andrews. Reinhold also appeared in the original Georg Wilhelm Pabst film of L'opéra de quat'sous (1931) with Lotte Lenya. See more »

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The narration for the final scene says the train arrived at Wannsee, in the far west of Berlin. But the scene shows then driving from the east, down Unter Den Linden and into West Berlin. The British and American then ask passing jeeps for lifts to their respective bases which they would have driven past on the way from Wannsee, whilst the Russian turns around and drives back under the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. See more »

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Narrator: [voiceover] On a warm June day in the Rue Saint Martin in Paris there was a disturbance. Members of the French press were protesting their being barred from a secret conference. Inside, representatives of the United Nations were hearing a report from the head of a special fact-finding commission - a man named Dr. Heinrich Bernhardt. Bernhardt had a long proven record on international affairs. His report was sharp and concise. Facts and figures about turning the four allied zones of ...
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During the opening credits, a title card states that the photography of Berlin and Frankfurt is used with the cooperation of the occupying armies. See more »

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24 April 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I always think that it is a good idea to make a thriller/ mystery story even when one is trying to show something that has nothing to do with that. In "The Berlin Express" we are shown post-war Germany, the consequences of 2nd World War. First the film can look as a triumphant look of the winner of the war towards the wreckage it left behind. Such sentences as "here justice arranged it so that the punishment were equal to the crime" (I'm not sure if the quote is correct, but the idea is) might corroborate that first impression. However it is possible that all is meant as great irony.

The film is good. It isn't great though - just compare it with Reed's "The Third Man" and you'll see the difference between a master piece, a work of a superb team, and a reasonably well-made picture. However one mustn't forget that "reasonably well-made" pictures aren't so easy to do, and thus "The Berlin Express" seems to me to be a good movie.


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