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The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 9 February 2018 (USA)
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Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Dorothy Blyskal (screenplay by), Anthony Sadler (based on the book by) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Corasani ... Ayoub
Alek Skarlatos ... Alek
Anthony Sadler Anthony Sadler ... Anthony
Spencer Stone ... Spencer
Judy Greer ... Joyce
Jenna Fischer ... Heidi
Irene White ... Elementary Teacher
William Jennings William Jennings ... Spencer (11-14)
Bryce Gheisar ... Alek (11-14)
Stephen Matthew Smith ... Classmate #1 (as Stephen Smith)
P.J. Byrne ... Mr. Henry
Paul-Mikél Williams ... Anthony (11-14)
Thomas Lennon ... Principal Michael Akers
Tony Hale ... Coach Murray
Grant Weaver ... Classmate #2
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Storyline

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris--an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

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The true story of a terrorist, a train, and three friends who became heroes. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Arabic | German | Dutch

Release Date:

9 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 15:17 to Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,554,286, 11 February 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,250,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,150,957
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood was attached to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell since 2014 but dropped out in 2016 to do Impossible Odds as his next directorial project after finishing Sully (2016). The project wasn't ready yet and needed more time in development, meaning that Eastwood needed another project. He decided to sign on to helm this project as his next directorial film. See more »

Goofs

A flashback is set in 2005, but a poster for "Letters from Iwo Jima" is seen. The movie came out in December 2006. Materials for the film came out late in 2006, so in reality no items from the film would be available in 2005. See more »

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[first lines]
Anthony: [narrating] My name is Anthony Sadler. You're probably wondering why a brother like me is hanging out with these two crackers. But trust me, they're my two closest friends. Let me introduce you. This is Alek Skarlatos, the robot. He's a strong guy. He'll always have your back whenever you're in trouble. And this is Spencer Stone. You don't have to worry about him having your back in trouble because I'm sure he'll find it first. Seems like the three of us have been gettin' each other...
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Crazy Credits

There's a scene during the credits, showing real footage of the trio in a parade in Sacramento. Texts on screen tell us that they were all awarded medals. See more »

Connections

References The A-Team (1983) See more »

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Believer
Written by Ben McKee (as Benjamin McKee), Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds (as Daniel Reynolds), Wayne Sermon (as Daniel Sermon), Justin Tranter, Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson
Performed by Imagine Dragons
Couretsy of KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
12 February 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

SPOILER: I'm very mixed on Clint Eastwood's filmography especially in recent years. He is responsible for some great work from behind the camera but that hasn't really been the case in recent years. The 15:17 to Paris looked a bit bland and like a run of the mill affair when it comes to recreation of recent global events in film. It didn't help that critics weren't too pleased but of course, I then remembered that I never listen to critics. I'll tell you, the film is flawed and has slow passages but I liked it more than I thought I would.

The film is based on the real life events about a train that had a terror attack foiled on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. The attack was stopped primarily by three men who were best friends growing up. One of them attempts to join the military and the film focuses on his trials to make it in the military, his relationship with his friends, and his quest to find out what his purpose is and how he can truly save some lives.

The first note that needs to be made about the film is that the three lead actors cast in the film are the actual three who acted during the real life incident. With that however, comes a loss in quality of acting in the film. I get that Eastwood wanted to go with an authentic element by having the guys who lived it tell the story, but you could just tell that these weren't actors as they weren't always convincing or delivering lines properly. The film does spend an extended amount of time going into backstory as well which a times was quite noticeable.

Otherwise, I enjoyed it. Some of the cinematography and locations (especially when the cast is on vacation) is gorgeous. The last twenty minutes or so are quite intense and satisfying. The event was something that isn't enough to warrant an entire feature film so I get that we had to go off point. Was the film necessary? No. It is however better than some of the stuff I've seen from Eastwood in recent years so I'll take it.

6.5/10


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