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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
Marie-José Nat ...
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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Comedy | Drama | War

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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Very funny WWII movie
28 December 2007 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best humor movies I've ever seen. It's really hard to mix a war plot with nice fine humor. Some try it but the result is very bad. This movie is an exception, it's great and funny.

I think the soul of this movies is it near naive humor. There is no that boring kind of "intelligent and cool humor for intelligent and cool people". It's plain humor works fine.

But don't think this movie is just humor because it has a humanitarian story bellow the humorous cover that touches the heart. It's about human beings doing their best to escape from death.

The soundtrack of this movie is great. I love the music, it's fabulous.

It's a great movie worth of seeing.


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