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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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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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A surprising intersection of two contrasting lives
31 May 2003 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Man on the Train (L'Homme du train)" is a small story of cumulative details done exceedingly well that could simply not be done by Hollywood.

The excellent leads, each charismatic in his own way, talky Jean Rochefort and taciturn Johnny Hallyday (who brings none of his pop star baggage to an American audience), are past middle age. There is a lot of Rohmer-like sitting around talking over a bottle of wine.

The emphasis is on very gradual, internal realizations by each character that are revealed by a subtle accretion of surprising little decisions, such as wearing slippers or getting a new haircut, culminating in an unpredictable, yet beautifully satisfying conclusion.

Photographed in a shades of gray palette that is almost in black-and-white, a small town and its interconnections and personalities are beautifully evoked.

The women in their lives are ancillary, which is just as well, as they are not completely believable.

The poetry teacher is too sophisticated to quote John Greenleaf Whittier, but I will, on the theme: "Of all the words of tongue or pen/the saddest are these/It might have been."


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