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Release Date:
2 October 2002 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
A poet. A thief. Two strangers with nothing in common are about to trade their lives for a chance to cheat their destinies.
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A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The best film of 2003 See more (77 total) »

Cast

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Jean Rochefort ... Monsieur Manesquier

Johnny Hallyday ... Milan
Jean-François Stévenin ... Luigi
Charlie Nelson ... Max
Pascal Parmentier ... Sadko
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Viviane

Edith Scob ... 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
Hélène Chambon ... L'infirmière radio
Sophie Durand ... L'infirmière bloc
Jean-Louis Vey ... Verlin
Sébastien Bonnet ... Le copain de costaud
Jean-Jacques Cornillon ... Le directeur banque
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Directed by
Patrice Leconte 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Klotz 

Produced by
Christophe Audeguis .... executive producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Carl Clifton .... co-producer
Stuart Hatwell .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Pascal Estève 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marie Dreujou 
 
Film Editing by
Joëlle Hache 
 
Production Design by
Ivan Maussion 
 
Costume Design by
Annie Périer 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle de Araujo .... makeup artist
Agathe Dupuis .... hair stylist
Fulvio Pozzobon .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Stephan Arnoux .... unit manager
Cyrille Bragnier .... unit manager
Brigitte Faure .... production manager
Benjamin Hess .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Coutard .... first assistant director
Dominique Gerbi .... trainee assistant director
Anne Gilles .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Alain Bergé .... head painter
Jacques Kazandian .... head carpenter (as Jacques Kazandjian)
Pierre Mery .... construction grip
Michel Méry .... construction grip
Nicolas Raffy .... property master
 
Sound Department
Annabel Acquaviva .... assistant sound
Hervé Bénard .... sound recordist (as Hervé Benard)
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects editor
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Isabelle Filippi .... assistant post-synchronization
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jean Goudier .... sound
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Katrina Heaulme .... post-synchronization engineer
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Paul Lainé .... sound
Jean-Louis Lebras .... sound assistant
Alexis Leverve .... sound recordist
Gilles Missir .... foley recordist
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jérôme Robinet .... sound designer
Hervé Roux .... sound consultant: DTS
 
Visual Effects by
Stephane Bidault .... digital effects supervisor
Pierre Blain .... Inferno artist
Christophe Chanvin .... artistic director
Brice Halary .... scanning: Scan Lab
Jean-Baptiste Le Guen .... shoot supervisor: Scan Lab
Eric Martin .... visual effects supervisor: Scan Lab
Matthias Weber .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Angeli .... still photographer
Philippe Billon .... electrician
Catherine Cabrol .... still photographer
Renaud Chassaing .... first assistant camera
Guillaume Dreujou .... second assistant camera
Patrick Gasché .... electrician (as Patrick Gasche)
Patrice Leconte .... camera operator
Jérôme Pezzini .... grip
Jean-Claude Reux .... gaffer
Denis Scozzesi .... key grip
Gilbert Seybald .... electrician
Paul Triboulet .... grip
 
Casting Department
Geneviève Acien .... extras casting
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Betaillole .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Nathalie Amsellem .... assistant editor
Fanchon Brulé .... assistant editor
Richard Deusy .... digital color grader: Scan Lab
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Emmanuelle Mimran .... assistant editor
Sylvie Van der Vorm .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pascal Estève .... orchestrator
Didier Lizé .... music engineer
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Bernard Wystraete .... conductor
 
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache
Daniel Bauer .... armorer
Sandrine Boulet .... production assistant
Jean Brun .... administrator
Pierre Cadeac .... animal trainer
Mathias Duhayer .... production assistant
Martine Etchegaray .... production secretary
Cécile Navarro .... production secretary
Maggie Perlado .... script supervisor
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Emmanuel Roussille .... location manager
Djamel Sadelli .... groupman
Lucie Truffaut .... trainee script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'homme du train" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language and brief violence
Runtime:
90 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Monsieur Manesquier:After playing a piece on the piano, turns to Johnny Hallyday and asks: "And you, Monsieur, are you musical? Ironic, because Hallyday was probably the top rock and roller of his generation in France...See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Man on the Train (2011)See more »

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49 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The best film of 2003, 7 January 2004
Author: kristinealain from New York City USA

"Man on the train", directed by Patrice Leconte is "intimiste" French cinema at its best. It tells the story of a chance encounter and ensuing friendship between Milan, a gangster who is coming to a small French town to rob a bank and Manesquier, a retired professor of poetry who has lived there his whole life. The two protagonists could not be more different and yet, each one becomes fascinated by the other's life. Soon, Milan tries on slippers and Manesquier is shooting a gun at soda cans. Was Milan's life wasted because he never had the strength to fill his life with the structure he so desires? Was Manesquier's life wasted because he never had the strength to escape the structured life he so loathes? Will they go all the way and actually exchange lives? The movie is extremely well directed and photographed, with grainy blueish colors that support each character's melancholy. The script is tight and leaves room for silent moments which are as important to the story as the dialogue (a concept unknown in Hollywood). Every word has a deeper meaning than its litteral one. In one of the best scenes of the movie, the elegant poetry professor Manesquier puts on Milan's leather jacket and stands in front of the mirror saying in English: "The name is Earp...Wyatt Earp". But in the end, what makes the movie such a gem is the talent of the two lead actors who, like their characters, are such extreme opposites that their screen relationship could easily have ended up devoid of any chemestry. Jean Rochefort is an intellectual and one of France's greatest and most subtle living actors. Johnny Hallyday is the uneducated, over-the-top rock'n roll singer and social icon who has monopolized the #1 spot in French music charts since 1960 and who has been derided by the French intelligentsia ever since. Until the movie, Rochefort himself was no fan of Hallyday, though he likes to say with a grin: "Madame Rochefort, on the other hand...". They have since become friends. It, reportedly, took a lot of effort by Rochefort and Leconte to make Hallyday comfortable enough to act opposite Rochefort whom he saw as a towering icon. They most certainly succeeded since, in the end, it is the surprising subtelty of Hallyday's performance that makes the movie so poignant. Despite the botox injections and the face lifts, his Mount Rushmore face looks like that of a man who has been to hell and back a few hundred times. He has such presence and charisma that you can't take your eyes off him whenever he appears on the screen. Though he plays Milan with a minimalist approach, both in demeanor and delivery, he manages to display the most intense emotions in a simple grin, a gesture or a stare. The way he smokes Manesquier's pipe while explaining Balzac's "Eugenie Grandet" (which he has obviously never read) to a private student of Manesquier will make you chuckle. The way he looks at Manesquier when he leaves his house at the end of the movie will simply break your heart... "Man on the train" is a gentle, tender film which asks big questions in little ways. Let's pray it never gets remade in Hollywood...

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