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The Train (1964)

 -  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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Von Lubitz (as Richard Munch)
Jacques Marin ...
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Paul Bonifas ...
Spinet
Jean Bouchaud ...
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Donald O'Brien ...
Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean-Pierre Zola ...
Octave
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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Release Date:

7 March 1965 (USA)  »

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John Frankenheimer's The Train  »

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$6,700,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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(at around 48 mins) When Labiche, Didont and Pesquet argue in the locomotive, Pesquet says "We will be killed if you don't call Maurice." In the next shot, Pesquet is facing the opposite direction (facing outside the window). See more »

Quotes

Didont: I don't like it.
Pesquet: Who does?
Didont: I mean the art train. If the Germans want it so much, maybe we should do something.
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High on my list of favorite films
28 May 2000 | by (Airmont, N Y) – See all my reviews

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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