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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.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writer:

Claude Klotz
7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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: Do you want to know a secret?
Milan: Do I have any choice?
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Connections

Remade as Man on the Train (2011) See more »

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Unpretentious, yet French!
13 August 2004 | by darienwerfhorstSee all my reviews

This is a beautifully acted and written story of two older men dealing with regret. The dialogue is witty, but never self-conscious and the performances are great. Johnny Hallyday (The Elvis of France!) is especially surprising in his role as the bank robber at the end of his career.

The story is well paced, and unlike a lot of French movies, it's not just a bunch of talking heads, but a real story with compelling characters. The two strangers meet by hazard and forge a close relationship, each trading bits and pieces of their lives. The scene where Jean Roquefort gives Johnny his slippers is a literal manifestation of their efforts to change their lives, albeit late in life.

A lovely little film from beginning to end!


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