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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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It carried their hopes, their nation's honour! See more »

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The engine that is seen from track level as it's derailed was moving faster than intended. Three of the five cameras filming the derailment were smashed. See more »

Goofs

As Pesquet moves the armored locomotive out of the engine shed, the hissing sound of steam blowing from the cylinder drain cocks can be heard, but no steam can be seen coming from the cocks. See more »

Quotes

Labiche: [attempting to save Papa Boule, whom the Germans want to execute for committing sabotage] He's just an old man. He didn't know what he was doing. Don't worry - I'll get your train through for you.
Papa Boule: [to Labiche] His train? His? It's my train! I know what I'm doing. Do you?
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Crazy Credits

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

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A classic war film.
2 November 1999 | by Tequila-18See all my reviews

This is truly one of the great action/adventure war films. The Train is filled with action and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Lancaster is superb as the everyman Labiche. It is a tough and gritty performance. Scofield is equally good as the obsessive Colonel. The theme of human lives versus art is well explored by Frankenheimer. Watch this film and enjoy. It gets better with repeated viewings.


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