It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 5, 2015
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: KL Studios Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer
- Original theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Albert Rémy, Paul Scofield, Michel Simon, Jeanne Moreau, Jacques Marin & Wolfgang Preiss|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Edited by||David Bretherton|
|Screenwriting by||Walter Bernstein, Frank Davis & Franklin Coen|
|Composition by||Maurice Jarre|
|Produced by||Jules Bricken|
|Director of Photography:||Jean Tournier & Walter Wottitz|
Rating: 4/4 -- A landmark picture in terms of its breakneck, antic, physical ambition--the marriage of that hell to the heaven of its gravitas something that marks Frankenheimer's best films. Full Review
Film Freak Central
Rating: 5/5 -- Classic Frankenheimer WWII actioner with unique plot.
Here is a movie that is melodrama about sabotage in World War II, but which looks like a documentary in its attention to detail; which has fine actors in strong portrayals but in which action and movement are more important than the acting. Full Review
Rating: A -- How do you weigh the cultural heritage of a nation against the value of human life? A wholly persuasive, intelligent thiller crisply directed by Frankenheimer. Full Review
Decent Films Guide
Rating: 4/5 -- It's simple stuff -- finely wrought entertainment -- but on its own merits, it works. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rating: 4.5/5 -- The Train is a lesson in focusing on the most essential, forward-moving elements and throwing everything else away. Full Review
...Lancaster, the greatest physical actor ever, does his own stunts...
The duo of director John Frankenheimer and actor Burt Lancaster again join forces with the latter starring as French railway inspector Labiche. With Allied forces closing in on occupied Paris, Herman Goering orders Col. Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) to move the priceless art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to Germany by train. The museum's curator, Mme. Villard (Suzanne Flon) tries to cajole Labiche into stopping the art train, but he's far more concerned with blowing up a German armaments train. Meanwhile, Papa Boule (Michel Simon), an aged railwayman, uses the distraction of the Allied bombing of a nearby munitions train to burn out the engines of the train carrying the art, and is killed by the Nazis for his efforts. Hotelkeeper Christine (Jeanne Moreau), has managed to persuade Labiche of the importance of the art, and when the livid Waldheim orders him to drive the treasure-bearing train, he's formulated a plan to foil the Nazi theft. He fabricates a series of interlocking ruses which lead the Germans to believe that the train has crossed into Germany, when, in reality, it's simply going in circles around Paris. Lancaster leads an exceptional cast in this engrossing film, based on a true story. Michel Simon is especially memorable, as is the gritty, minimally-lit black and white photography of Jean Tournier.
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