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Train of Life (1998)

Train de vie (original title)
In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Abelanski ...
Shlomo
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Mordechai
Clément Harari ...
The Rabbi
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Yossi
Agathe de La Fontaine ...
Esther
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Schmecht
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Yankele
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Sura
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Manzatou
Serge Kribus ...
Schtroul
Michel Israel ...
Sage 3
Rodica Sanda Tutuianu ...
Golda
Sanda Toma ...
Mere de Yossi
Zwi Kanar ...
Lilenfeld
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The Tzigan Colonel
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Storyline

Central Europe, WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism. Meanwhile, the Russian border gets closer and closer... Written by <spillo@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,038 (USA) (5 November 1999)

Gross:

$154,790 (USA) (26 November 1999)
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Trivia

The footage of the train exterior and interior was actually second unit footage filmed for what was supposed to have been the Puppet Wars mini-trilogy, spun-off from the popular DTV horror series Puppet Master. See more »

Connections

References To Be or Not to Be (1942) See more »

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Cine iubeste si lasa
Written by Maria Tanase
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A superb movie!
8 March 2001 | by (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

Rarely does one has the pleasure of watching a movie that combines

melancholy, drama, humor and insight into the human heart as this one does. A superb cast does honor to a powerful script. All of those who loved Roberto

Benigni's "Life is beautiful" will be pleased to know that this film treats the same general subject with at least as much humor and sensitivity, but with more depth. I was not familiar with either the director or any of the actors. I just hope we will see more from them, as I can't praise this work enough.


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