- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 29, 2010
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- New video conversation between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which Night Train to Munich was made
- Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Philip Kemp
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 02/17/1995
"...[A] classic spy thriller..."
A.V. Club - 07/14/2010
"[T]he spirit of dashing adventure in the face of mounting darkness sets the film apart." -- Grade: B+
New York Times - 06/18/2010
"Reed's direction, as it was through most of his career, is crisp and practical..."
Taking his cue from Hitchcock's recent success THE LADY VANISHES, Carol Reed borrowed both that film's writers (Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder) and its low-key comic duo (Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne) to concoct this witty, vastly entertaining spy thriller. As a result of the imminent threat of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Nazi troops, Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), the inventor of a new technique for armor-plating artillery, escapes to England while his daughter Anna (Margaret Lockwood) is captured and sent to a concentration camp. Although she escapes from the camp and rejoins her father, the Nazis kidnap the Czech pair and take them back to Germany. British agent Gus Bennett (Rex Harrison), who has already displayed an amusing gift for disguise, now makes use of it by infiltrating the German high-command in an effort to save the Bomasches. The film barrels to its finish in a dizzying array of twists and turns, with a still-astonishing cable-car escape in the Swiss Alps. Between the pre-Bond insouciance of the young Harrison, the deadpan exchanges of Radford and Wayne, the overall intelligence of the script, and the steady hand of Carol Reed, this film raises the genre to a very high level.
A thriller in the Hitchcock tradition, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH Ping-Pongs its characters around pre-WW II Europe as spy matches überspy in an extremely entertaining battle of wits. Starring Rex Harrison as British agent Gus Bennett, the film opens with the flight of an important Czech scientist, Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), and the detention of his daughter, Anna (Margaret Lockwood), in a concentration camp. When the pair are kidnapped and taken to Germany, Bennett infiltrates the ranks of the German high command in a last-ditch effort to save them.
Essential Cinema |
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
World War II
- The film was shot at Gaumont British Studios in Shepherd's Bush, London, England.