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Hell Train (1985)
"Train d'enfer" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karim Allaoui ...
Béatrice Camurat ...
Mme Salviat
Jean-Claude de Goros ...
Agent grade
Fabrice Eberhard ...
Farid Gazzah ...
Hammou Graïa ...
Arabe assassiné
Nathalie Guérin ...
Mme Guilabert
Roger Hanin ...
Commissaire Couturier
Sam Karmann ...
Gérard Klein ...
Alain Lahaye ...
Rabah Loucif ...
Xavier Maly ...
Christine Pascal ...


This movie starts with three men arrested for disorderly conduct at a dance. After they are released, they take a train trip, vent their continuing anger on a young Arab, and kill the man by forcing him out of a window on the speeding train. Their crime is witnessed by Isabelle (Christine Pascal) and reported to the police, enabling commissioner Couturier (Roger Hanin) to find the killers. The major problem now is to prevent a race riot when right-wing extremists falsely accuse some Arabs of reprehensible actions and the townspeople gather to demonstrate at the prison. Written by Ørnås

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Crime | Drama





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9 January 1985 (France)  »

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Incident on the northbound train
20 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Based on a true story which sadly may happen again today.

There were harsh words said of this plea against racism at the time of issue ,and I can see little fault with the opinions expressed ,including that of the precedent user;it proves,one more time,that good intentions do not walk hand in hand with good results.

Roger Hanin stepped into two of his predecessors' shoes:André Cayatte and Yves Boisset ,whose "Dupont-Lajoie" he probably had in mind .But these two directors,often unfairly despised by the "true" connoisseurs of the French cinema ,the likes of the N.V. clique,had ,by and large,firm and strong screenplays and they knew how to direct their actors (remember Jean Carmet and Jean-Pierre Marielle in "Dupont -Lajoie".) In Hanin' s flick ,they are left to their own devices,and even good thespians such as Robin Renucci and the late Christine Pascal are bad.

The dialog is abysmal ,every line you hear is a cliché ;so heavy-handed ,as the precedent user aptly wrote ,it's sometimes involuntarily comic.

One can save ,at a pinch ,the last sequence ,told in the third conditional ,which shows some emotion .

NB:not to be confused with Gilles Grangier's eponymous movie (1965).

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