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Man on the Train (2002)

L'homme du train (original title)
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A bank robber arrives to do a job in a small French town and strikes up a friendship with a retired poetry teacher.

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Patrice Leconte

Writer:

Claude Klotz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Monsieur Manesquier
Johnny Hallyday ... Milan
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Luigi
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Max
Pascal Parmentier Pascal Parmentier ... Sadko
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Viviane
Edith Scob ... La soeur de Manesquier
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Le coiffeur
Riton Liebman Riton Liebman ... Le costaud
Olivier Fauron Olivier Fauron ... Le collégien
Véronique Kapoyan Véronique Kapoyan ... Le boulngère
Elsa Duclot Elsa Duclot ... La serveuse
Armand Chagot Armand Chagot ... Le jardinier
Michel Laforest Michel Laforest ... Le pharmacien
Alain Guellaff Alain Guellaff ... Le chirugien
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Storyline

A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end, everything will change for both of them. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

A poet. A thief. Two strangers with nothing in common are about to trade their lives for a chance to cheat their destinies.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK | Germany | Japan

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Train See more »

Filming Locations:

Annonay, Ardèche, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$659,820 (France), 4 October 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,138, 11 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,541,320, 23 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Rochefort died in October 2017. Two months later, Johnny Hallyday died. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur Manesquier: [after an abortive confrontation] I suppose my time hasn't come.
Milan: That took guts.
Monsieur Manesquier: I try picking a fight and find someone who likes me.
Milan: You'd have preferred broken bottles?
Monsieur Manesquier: [shrugs] It would have been something to remember.
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Remade as Man on the Train (2011) See more »

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Wonderful drama about two men who want to switch places...
10 August 2003 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 8/9/2003 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Patrice Leconte): Wonderful drama about two men who want to switch places in life because each is bored of what their life has become. One is a bank robber, and the other is a retired poetry teacher. The bank robber is plain tired of the excitement and the other wants excitement in his life. The retired poetry teacher also has an upcoming triple-bypass heart surgery that lends to his aggressiveness about trying out the other lifestyle. Like many French dramas, this movie takes it's time and explores the characters and let's us get to know them. This is `so' lacking in most American films these days and therefore this is a breath of fresh air for those who are okay with reading subtitles. While watching this movie you get the feeling that you're watching two `real' people interacting despite their differences. Do they ever switch places? Well, sort of but like other French dramas `reality' is where the film stays for the most part. The ability for the characters to understand and accept each other is `just' wonderful and makes a wonderful statement about how we should `all' interact and I think this is what makes this film remarkable.


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