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The Train (1964)

Not Rated | | Thriller , War | 7 March 1965 (USA)
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors:

John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn (uncredited)

Writers:

Franklin Coen (screen story), Frank Davis (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Paul Labiche
Paul Scofield ... Colonel Franz Von Waldheim
Jeanne Moreau ... Christine
Suzanne Flon ... Mlle. Villard
Michel Simon ... Papa Boule
Wolfgang Preiss ... Major Herren
Albert Rémy ... Didont (as Albert Remy)
Charles Millot Charles Millot ... Pesquet
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... General Von Lubitz (as Richard Munch)
Jacques Marin ... Jacques - Rive-Reine Station Master
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Spinet - Resistance Leader
Jean Bouchaud Jean Bouchaud ... Captain Schmidt
Donald O'Brien ... Sergeant Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Octave
Arthur Brauss ... Pilzer (as Art Brauss)
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Storyline

As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

They bombed it. They strafed it. Sabotaged it. Cursed the train! See more »

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Italy | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Frankenheimer's The Train See more »

Filming Locations:

Acquigny, Calvados, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,410,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book the "Variety Movie Guide", this film was "made in French and English in France. It was photographed entirely in real exteriors with unlimited access to old French rolling stock of the last war." See more »

Goofs

When the German officer in the train thinks they've arrived in Germany, he takes a look at his map and we see Strasbourg (Alsace, France), the France-Germany border and Baaden-Baaden (Germany). During German occupation of France, Alsace and Strasbourg were annexed to the German Reich, i.e. this German military map should have shown a different border (100 km West) and Strasbourg should have been in Germany. See more »

Quotes

Didont: With luck, no one will be hurt.
Labiche: No one's ever hurt. Just dead.
Didont: Paul, uh, have you ever seen any of those paintings on that train? I haven't. You know, when it's over, I think maybe we should take a look, hmm?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: PARIS August 2-1944 1511th day of German occupation See more »

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Interesting sidenote...
26 January 2001 | by hbreimhurstSee all my reviews

Like everyone else who has posted here, I think this film is superb. Brilliant screenplay, excellent acting, exceptional directing, and so on and so forth. I think there is one little twist to the screenplay that deserves mention. Burt Lancaster has not one spoken line in the final 20 minutes of the movie. I can't recall ever seeing that done with a major character in a mainstream film. His actions ARE his words. In the final scene, we know exactly what he is thinking without him saying a word. A lovely subtle touch and the crowning moment in a truly great film.


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