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The Train (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Thriller, War, Action  |  7 March 1965 (USA)
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In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

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Spinet
Jean Bouchaud ...
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Donald O'Brien ...
Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean-Pierre Zola ...
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Arthur Brauss ...
Pilzer (as Art Brauss)
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!

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Thriller | War | Action

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Release Date:

7 March 1965 (USA)  »

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John Frankenheimer's The Train  »

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Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening sequence, the parade of major artists' names stenciled on packing crates - GAUGUIN, RENOIR, VAN GOGH, MANET, PICASSO, DEGAS, MIRO, CEZANNE, MATISSE, BRAQUE, SEURAT, UTRILLO - is immediately followed by the director's credit for John Frankenheimer. See more »

Goofs

The cab of a moving steam locomotive is noisy even when there aren't air raid sirens sounding. Papa Boule should never have been able to hear Labiche shouting at him from 50 feet away. See more »

Quotes

Resistance leader: Right after dawn, all switching tracks and trains in the area will be bombed. The art train is not to be destroyed. Orders are to mark it so that the planes will pass it up.
Labiche: Mark it!
Resistance leader: White paint, on the top of the first three cars. London has decided the paintings must not be damaged.
Labiche: Paint it? For von Waldheim-- make him a present? To hell with London! We started this whole thing for one reason: to stop the train, because the Allies were going to be here! Well, where are they? Every day ...
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Interesting sidenote...
26 January 2001 | by (St. Paul, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

Like everyone else who has posted here, I think this film is superb. Brilliant screenplay, excellent acting, exceptional directing, and so on and so forth. I think there is one little twist to the screenplay that deserves mention. Burt Lancaster has not one spoken line in the final 20 minutes of the movie. I can't recall ever seeing that done with a major character in a mainstream film. His actions ARE his words. In the final scene, we know exactly what he is thinking without him saying a word. A lovely subtle touch and the crowning moment in a truly great film.


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