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Berlin Express (1948)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  1 May 1948 (USA)
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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
Tom Keene ...
Major (as Richard Powers)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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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Around the time of the incident in Sulzbach, that is supposed to take place when the train is in Germany, the train is running on the left side. It shows that the shooting was done in France, where trains run on the left side, but not in Germany, where they run on the right side. 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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Great little sleeper
5 April 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'Berlin Express' may not have much of a reputation, but it's one of Jacques Tourneur's best thrillers. Virtually none of it takes place on the Berlin Express, with the majority of the film shot on location in the awe-inspiring ruins of an almost totally destroyed post-war Frankfurt where Robert Ryan teams up with an Allies-in-microcosm group of companions including unflatteringly shot Frenchwoman Merle Oberon (sporting the film's worst accent by far) and Brit Robert Coote (who thankfully doesn't even attempt a Liverpool accent) to find Paul Lukas' kidnapped politician and save him from die-hard Nazi fanatics. Great moments abound, from the Paris opening where a carrier pigeon is shot, then nearly given a formal burial in the shadow of Montmatre's Sacre Couer by children before reaching maman's kitchen table to reveal a coded message, to Robert Ryan literally finding himself trapped in a barrel in bombed out brewery.

Great production line entertainment that demonstrates just how good studio product could be when you got the formula right, this is a trip well worth taking. The French DVD from Editions Montparnasse boasts a very good good transfer and removable French subtitles.


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