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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
In the final confrontation between Burt Lancaster's Labiche character and the Nazi colonel played by Paul Scofield, the shooting conditions were so cold that Scofield reportedly had to talk while inhaling so clouds of warm breath wouldn't appear on film. His voice was looped in later. See more »
When Paul Scofield has loaded the art train and is called to the hut for a telephone call, the boom Mic is briefly visible at the top of the frame right when he says the words "Von Waldeim Speaking". See more »
Renoir... I knew a girl who modeled for Renoir... She smelled of paint...
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This is truly one of the great action/adventure war films. The Train is filled with action and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Lancaster is superb as the everyman Labiche. It is a tough and gritty performance. Scofield is equally good as the obsessive Colonel. The theme of human lives versus art is well explored by Frankenheimer. Watch this film and enjoy. It gets better with repeated viewings.
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