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Train of Life (1998)
"Train de vie" (original title)

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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
Rufus ...
Mordechai
Clément Harari ...
The Rabbi
...
Yossi
Agathe de La Fontaine ...
Esther
Johan Leysen ...
Schmecht
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Yankele
Marie-José Nat ...
Sura
...
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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Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »

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Cine iubeste si lasa
Written by Maria Tanase
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Save judgement until the end- ****
31 December 1999 | by (SLC, Utah) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed recently as I read poor reviews of one of the best films I've ever seen. I saw this film twice at the Sundance Film Festival and was impressed and enjoyed the sensitive and comedic depiction of WW2 and populations facing war, however, you must stay to the very end, and let the final scene sink in to get the complete effect. This is not a heartwarming story of the holocaust, but a fantasy that thrusts the viewer back into reality and the horrors of the holocaust with a final shot that is one of the most heartwrenching and shocking scenes I've seen. Don't compare it with "Life is Beautiful"- many have done this and they are not similar. This film deserves better.


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