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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.

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Paul Labiche
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Colonel Franz Von Waldheim
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Christine
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Mlle. Villard
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Papa Boule
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Major Herren
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Didont (as Albert Remy)
Charles Millot ...
Pesquet
Richard Münch ...
General Von Lubitz (as Richard Munch)
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Jacques - Rive-Reine Station Master
Paul Bonifas ...
Spinet - Resistance Leader
Jean Bouchaud ...
Captain Schmidt
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Sergeant Schwartz (as Donal O'Brien)
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Octave
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Pilzer (as Art Brauss)
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Major (as Jean-Claude Berco)
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Dietrich
Louis Falavigna ...
Railroad Worker
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Grote
Christian Fuin ...
Robert - Jacques' Nephew
Helmo Kindermann ...
Ordnance Officer
Roger Lumont ...
Engineer Officer
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Corporal (as Gerard Buhr)
Christian Rémy ...
Tauber - Schmidt's Aide (as Christian Remy)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Jacques Blot ...
Hubert (uncredited)
Michel Charrel ...
Pointsman with Labiche (uncredited)
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German Soldier (uncredited)
Max Fromm ...
Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Bernard Lajarrige ...
Bernard - Doctor (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Leconte ...
Lieutenant of Retreating Convoy (uncredited)
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Priest (uncredited)
Wolfgang Sauer ...
Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Frankenheimer
Arthur Penn ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Franklin Coen ... (screen story) and
Frank Davis ... (screen story)
 
Franklin Coen ... (screenplay) and
Frank Davis ... (screenplay)
 
Rose Valland ... (based upon "Le Front De L'Art" by)
 
Walter Bernstein ... () (uncredited)
 
Howard Dimsdale ... () (uncredited)
 
Albert Husson ... (French version) (uncredited)
 
Nedrick Young ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jules Bricken ... producer
Bernard Farrel ... associate producer

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Jean Tournier ... (photographed by)
Walter Wottitz ... (photographed by)

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David Bretherton
Gabriel Rongier ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Willy Holt

Makeup Department

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Georges Bouban ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Serge Lebeau ... unit manager
Robert Velin ... production manager

Art Department

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Marc Frédérix ... assistant production designer (as Marc Frederix)
Roger Volper ... assistant production designer

Sound Department

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Jacques Carrère ... re-recording
Joseph de Bretagne ... sound (as Joseph De Bretagne)
Jacques Maumont ... re-recording

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Lee Zavitz ... special effects

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Jean Fouchet ... optical effects (as Jean Fouchet F.L)

Stunts

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Roland Urban ... stunt performer (uncredited)

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André Domage ... camera operator (as Andre Dommage)
Vincent Rossell ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jean Zay ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Maurice Jarre ... conductor

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Jules Bricken ... presenter
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Plot 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 garykmcd

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Taglines They bombed it. They strafed it. Sabotaged it. Cursed the train! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le train (France)
  • Il treno (Italy)
  • John Frankenheimer's The Train (United States)
  • John Frankenheimer's The Train (United Kingdom)
  • El tren (Spain)
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  • 133 min
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Budget $6,700,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Burt Lancaster took a day off during shooting to play golf when the shooting was about half completed. On the links, he stepped in a hole and re-aggravated an old knee injury. In order to compensate for the injury, John Frankenheimer had Lancaster's character shot in the leg, thus enabling him to limp through the rest of the shooting. See more »
Goofs Labiche shouts that "You can't get through" because the switch is set wrong, but it is a trailing switch (convergence), and hence would move under the weight of the train to the right position. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Burt Lancaster (1968). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: PARIS August 2-1944 1511th day of German occupation 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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