This is the tale of Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman (although he took 8 1/2 years to qualify). He joins the frigate Venus, and adventures through Spanish waters, mutinee... See full summary »
A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
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Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with 1200 passengers. He is asking for a £500,000 ... See full summary »
As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory. Written by
The engine that crashes into a derailed engine was moving at nearly 60 mph. The crash was staged in the town of Acquigny, with extensive safety precautions and special insurance. Only one take was possible, and seven cameras were used. See more »
When the bombing of the railway yard is about to start, we are shown a close up of Von Waldheims watch when he is talking on the phone to Deitrich in the switch tower. The watch shows 10 o'clock, but the second hand is not moving, indicating the watch had not been wound. See more »
Well, hurry it up. We're working on a locomotive, not a pocketwatch.
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The Train is high on my list of favorite films. It is intelligent, visually graphic and a believable suspenseful film. There is an intensity and grittiness in the characters and the feel of the production. The b@w photography adds to this dimension. I never get tired of watching and wish it were shown more often. Burt Lancaster is an excellent actor and has never given a bad performance. Paul Scofield was equal to him and the characters as rivals was balanced. Both characters had a job to do and they did it to their best. It is an honest film, done with integrity. I wish more films were of this quality.
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