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The Train -- A French railway inspector goes up against the Nazis in order to prevent a trainload of France's most treasured paintings from being stolen.

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Writers:
Franklin Coen (screen story) and
Frank Davis (screen story) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Blu-ray Release: Birdman of Alcatraz
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Getting on Track: Top 10 Films About Trains
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Blu-ray Release: The Train
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An intense suspense War drama from the beginning to the end… See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Labiche

Paul Scofield ... Von Waldheim

Jeanne Moreau ... Christine
Suzanne Flon ... Mlle Villard

Michel Simon ... Papa Boule

Wolfgang Preiss ... Herren
Albert Rémy ... Didont (as Albert Remy)
Charles Millot ... Pesquet
Richard Münch ... Von Lubitz (as Richard Munch)
Jacques Marin ... Jacques
Paul Bonifas ... Spinet
Jean Bouchaud ... Schmidt
Donald O'Brien ... Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Octave
Arthur Brauss ... Pilzer (as Art Brauss)
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Major (as Jean-Claude Berco)
Howard Vernon ... Dietrich
Louis Falavigna ... Railroad Worker
Richard Bailey ... Grote
Christian Fuin ... Robert
Helmo Kindermann ... Ordnance Officer
Roger Lumont ... Engineer Officer

Gérard Buhr ... Corporal (as Gerard Buhr)
Christian Rémy ... Tauber (as Christian Remy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Beaumont ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jacques Blot ... Hubert (uncredited)
Michel Charrel ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Nick Dimitri ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Max Fromm ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Bernard La Jarrige ... Bernard - Doctor (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Leconte ... Lieutenant of Retreating Convoy (uncredited)
Daniel Lecourtois ... Priest (uncredited)
Wolfgang Sauer ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Arthur Penn (uncredited; fired, replaced by John Frankenheimer)
 
Writing credits
Franklin Coen (screen story) and
Frank Davis (screen story)

Franklin Coen (screenplay) and
Frank Davis (screenplay)

Rose Valland (book "Le front de l'art")

Walter Bernstein  uncredited
Howard Dimsdale  uncredited
Albert Husson  French version (uncredited)
Nedrick Young  uncredited

Produced by
Jules Bricken .... producer
Bernard Farrel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Tournier (photographed by)
Walter Wottitz (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Gabriel Rongier (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Willy Holt 
 
Makeup Department
Georges Bouban .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Serge LeBeau .... unit manager (as Serge Lebeau)
Robert Velin .... production manager
 
Art Department
Marc Frédérix .... assistant production designer (as Marc Frederix)
Roger Volper .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound re-recordist
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound (as Joseph De Bretagne)
Jacques Maumont .... sound re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... optical effects (as Jean Fouchet F.L)
 
Stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Domage .... camera operator
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Zay .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jules Bricken .... presenter
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Frankenheimer's The Train" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
133 min | UK:140 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Ranked No. 1 in Trains Magazine's special issue, "The 100 Greatest Train Movies."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 35 mins) When Labiche starts to resolve the "problem" with switch 10, he bends down and reaches in with pliers in his hand. When he pulls out the obstruction (the German officer's pipe), there are no pliers in his hand.See more »
Quotes:
Labiche:Thank you.
Christine:I don't want your thanks. If they'd caught me helping you, I would have been shot.
Labiche:I know. I'm sorry.
Christine:You think you can just run in and out of here and make trouble? I run a hotel, not a madhouse. Who's going to pay for the door? Who's going to pay for the lock? Do you think money grows on trees?
Labiche:There's a war...
Christine:You talk about the war. I talk about what it costs!
Labiche:I'll be leaving in a few hours. You can go back to your good customers.
Christine:They pay. That's what I'm in business for.
Labiche:You should be paid. How much for the damage?
Christine:One hundred francs.
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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An intense suspense War drama from the beginning to the end…, 30 March 2008

The big star of Frankenheimer's film is the train itself... And the plot is based on the characteristic of railroads—engines and cars all over the tracks, cabs and steam—all shown on enough detail to keep the viewer in great suspense… The aerial strike shots are also wonderfully taken…

The film begins in Paris, August 2, 1944…

It's 1511th day of German occupation… The liberation of Paris seems very close…

Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) decides suddenly to remove by train to Germany the best of Impressionist masterpieces… His objective is clear: "Money is a weapon. The contents are as negotiable as gold and more valuable."

Mademoiselle Villard (Suzanne Flon) informs the Resistance of the shipment…The Resistance reaction is to stop the train without damaging the national heritage… "They are part of France." But stopping the train is not a simple task… You can get killed especially if you are French and the train is German…

Labiche (Burt Lancaster), the Chief Inspector of the French Railway System, is not impressed… However, he never communicates his political, ideological, or nationalistic convictions, "For certain things, we take the risk," he said; "but I won't waste lives on paintings."

When an aged engineer, Papa Boule (Michel Simon), is accused of sabotage in spite of saving the train through the Allied's bombs at the risk of his own life, Labiche is forced into combat…

It begins with a long sequence where an armament train and the art train are both trying to leave the yard in the morning… As they are being moved back and forth across the tracks, the viewer knows that British planes will hit the yard in that moment at exactly 10:00 o'clock…

New complications are introduced, but the central conflict always returns to an obsessive art lover against a man with no appreciation for art… Labiche's only concerns is to slow down the Nazis keeping himself and his compatriots alive…

Now, two forces control the film… The first is Frankenheimer's cleverness to choreograph the real trains… Frankenheimer and his cinematographers capture the heat of the engines, the noise and sound of the cars in motion, the fault in the oil line, the crushing strength implicated when the machines come into collision and the derailment… The second force is Lancaster, the "headache" of the fanatical obsessed Colonel whose desire is to see the priceless paintings in Nazi Germany...

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