In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
With luck, no one will be hurt.
No one's ever hurt. Just dead.
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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Opening credits prologue: PARIS August 2-1944 1511th day of German occupation See more »
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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