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Man on the Train (2002)
"L'homme du train" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Charlie Nelson ...
Pascal Parmentier ...
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ...
La soeur de Manesquier
Maurice Chevit ...
Le coiffeur
Riton Liebman ...
Le costaud
Olivier Fauron ...
Le collégien
Véronique Kapoyan ...
Le boulngère
Elsa Duclot ...
La serveuse
Armand Chagot ...
Le jardinier
Michel Laforest ...
Le pharmacien
Alain Guellaff ...
Le chirugien


A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end, everything will change for both of them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A poet. A thief. Two strangers with nothing in common are about to trade their lives for a chance to cheat their destinies.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Man on the Train  »

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$659,820 (France) (4 October 2002)


$2,541,320 (USA) (21 November 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Interesting and beautiful
8 February 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The Man on the Train' is a beautiful movie about two man later in life. One of them is a bank robber, the other is a teacher. They meet by accident and become friends. Slowly they both start wishing they would have been the other man.

The teacher (Jean Rochefort) knows what the bank robber (Johnny Hallyday) does for his money. He even offers to help, but the day the bank will be robbed he has to go into surgery. We see how the teacher pretends to be a cool guy, even changes his looks to that. We also see how the bank robber pretends to be a teacher when the real teacher is out.

All this leads to an ending that closes things in one way, but leaves things open in another. We feel an ending like this coming, but it still works. It is beautiful and fits the rest of the movie perfectly.

If your favorite movies are like 'The Fast and the Furious' you will probably not like this. It is a real European movie, sometimes slow, most of the time very quiet, but if you can appreciate this kind of film making you will like 'The Man on the Train'.

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