A World War II drama where people, many of whom opposed to Nazism, get on board a train from France that could lead them to freedom.

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Cmndnt. Perrochon
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Capt. Moinard
Rüdiger Vogler ...
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Le général
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Mary-Jane Cooper
François Perrot ...
Col. Maurice Charvet
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Lt. Boisset
Jean-Marie Winling ...
Le médecin-chef Garraud
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ...
L'adjudant Bordier
Eric Petitjean ...
Sgt. Stora
Bruno Raffaelli ...
Jean Poinblanc
Hubert Saint-Macary ...
Locomotive mechanic
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Le nain (as Jean-Yves Thual)
Henryk Bista ...
Otto von Offenberg
Jan Peszek ...
Alexander Hazenfoeder
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A World War II drama where people, many of whom opposed to Nazism, get on board a train from France that could lead them to freedom.

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Les milles: Le train de la liberté  »

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As Edgar Foster of the U.S. Consulate is being driven to meet with Jean Poiblanc, the car displays an American flag with 50 stars, first introduced in 1960, though the movie takes place in 1940. See more »

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A forgotten side of history.
8 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a subject that deserved to be filmed:at the beginning of WW2,German political (or else)refugees came to France :there were artists (Max Ernst) ,a football champion,dwarves,Jews or soldiers who had refused to fight for Hitler.They arrived in the south of France where they thought they would be safe.The French had to improvise a camp,and the refugees to muck in:building latrines was not the least problem.But pretty soon,France was invaded by Hitler's armies and French officer(Philippe Noiret) decided to hand them over to their "compatriots".But his subordinate (Jean-Pierre Marielle) ,a resistant from the very beginning, requisitioned a train to take them to Spain.

Jean -Pierre Marielle plays a convincing colorful officer with a big heart;Philippe Noiret in a very short part of a couldn't -care -less type,recalls the one he played in "il deserto dei Tartari" (1976).The directing is OK but hesitates between comedy (no to say farce) and drama.Besides,this situation was tailor-made to show the absurdity of war,and the scenarists do nor rise above the anecdotal.One can dream of what a Dino Risi or an Ettore Scola -it was a subject for an Italian director- would have made of it.

Nevertheless, it's worth a watch.


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