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The Train (1964)

Unrated | | Thriller, War | 7 March 1965 (USA)
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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Albert Rémy ...
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Von Lubitz (as Richard Munch)
Jacques Marin ...
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Paul Bonifas ...
Spinet
Jean Bouchaud ...
Schmidt
Donald O'Brien ...
Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
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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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$6,700,000 (estimated)
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The character of Mlle Villard is based on Rose Valland--a French art historian, member of the French Resistance, captain in the French military and one of the most decorated women in French history. As overseer of the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris during the German occupation, she began secretly recording as much as possible about more than 20,000 pieces of art that had been brought to the Jeu de Paume. She understood German and for four years kept track of where and to whom in Germany the plundered artworks were shipped. She provided this and also information about railroad shipments of the art to the French resistance so that they would not mistakenly blow up the trains loaded with art treasures. A few weeks before the liberation of Paris, on August 1, 1944, she learned that the Germans were planning to ship out five last boxcars full of art, including many of the modern paintings they had hitherto neglected. She notified her contacts in the Resistance, who prevented the train from leaving Paris. The movie was inspired by her 1961 non-fiction book "Le front de l'art: défense des collections françaises, 1939-1945" ("The Art Front: Defence of the French Collections, 1939-1945"). See more »

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During the yards bombing scene, several SNCF class 141R steam engines are visible. These engines were manufactured in USA and Canada and were only delivered after the end of World War II. See more »

Quotes

Labiche: Well, hurry it up. We're working on a locomotive, not a pocketwatch.
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Opening credits prologue: PARIS August 2-1944 1511th day of German occupation See more »

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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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