The Train (1964)

 


 

It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. Full summary »

Genre: Thriller,War,Action

The Train (1964)
   
Release Date: 7 March 1965 (USA)
Country: USA , France , Italy
Director: John Frankenheimer

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Cast:
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Paul Scofield
  • Jeanne Moreau
  • Suzanne Flon
  • Michel Simon
  • Wolfgang Preiss
  • Albert Rémy
  • Charles Millot
  • Richard Münch
  • Jacques Marin
  • Paul Bonifas
  • Jean Bouchaud
  • Donald O'Brien
  • Jean-Pierre Zola
  • Arthur Brauss


33 Responses to The Train (1964)

  1. mattyvct203
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    it says in movie connections that it was referenced in raiders of the lost ark. does ayone know where in the film or how they referneced the train?

  2. Mark_Alldridge
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    What do you think of that shot where we are introduced to the German headquarters?

    The camera tracks around the chaos for ages before Schofield’s character goes in to see the head honcho.

    It’s a superb bit of choreography, considering it’s all done with dolly tracks.

  3. aeolus847
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    I’m as much of a railfan as the next guy and I hate to see steam scrapped, wrecked, or left to junk… but I’ll make an exception for The Train. The year was 1964 – steam was on the way out, but there was no shortage of steam worldwide; indeed, parts of France were still in steam when the movie came out, and would remain so for a few years after.

    Today, of course, I would object to destroying such railway artefacts, as the number of steam engines in the world has tapered dramatically over the past four decades and what’s left is worth saving. At the time, however, the engines were but a few of an unremarkable class. (And the freight cars, and that coach too.)

    Ultimately, I think the results on film speak for themselves; the film would lose nearly every last bit of the gritty, real effect it had if just models were employed… you just couldn’t come up with the astounding scenes that make the movie what it is. (You know, where the engine jumps the rails and throws rocks and steel everywhere, with the spinning wheel ending up right above the camera? Or the wreck panorama, two engines colliding and sliding along the ground, with soldiers and railwaymen running all around on the ground?)

    Speaking AS A RAILFAN, I think that the trains lost making the movie were well worth the unique results on celluloid, which do just as much – if not more – justice to history than simply retaining the trains.

    (But perhaps I’m just another "Excentric Crank.")

  4. steve_vanes
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    I know a classic like this shouldnt be remade, but what actor would you pick to star in this movie if it were ever remade?

    Sean Penn

  5. somadude
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    27 years old male here…

    I saw five minutes of this on basic TV with crappy reception, I had to rent it. Absolutely loved it. They just don’t make movies like that anymore. Are you kidding? The guy uncoupling the train was live action… no CGI? Are you kidding me?

    Are you insane? The train wreck was staged with real trains. Holy God, who even does that now days? ROFL

    This movie must have cost a fortune back in the day.

    And the fact that the scene where the train was pursued by aircraft into a tunnel is based on an related, but FACTUAL occurance of the same on a passenger train?

    Amazing. I rated this movie 10/10.

  6. Clanallan
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    I recently watched this movie and couldn’t help but wonder if the famous French actor Albert Remy has his lines dubbed.

  7. gfast
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    It has been many decades since film fans, and fans of The Train had an opportunity to experience this film properly on a cinema screen. Well soon it will be playing in Melbourne, Australia at that city’s premiere repertory theatre. A nice 35mm print has been secured, and will be screened on the huge screen with big sound. More details later.

  8. topaz-27
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    When Labiche and Christine are in the wine celler he attempts to take her in his arms, but she brushes his hands away. After talking about the friends they have lost in the course of the war, the 2 embrace tenderly. The director wisely chose to leave what, if anything, happened between the two to the viewer’s imagination. In the comentary on the film, Frankenheimer says a love scene at that point would "be gratuitous". Do others think that Labiche and Christine made love that afternoon? I see the embrace not as the beginning of a sexual interlude, but as an expression of shared grief.

  9. beckersheinz
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    Does anyone know what modell this "tank engine" was?

    (The engine with the guns)

  10. fennmeister2000
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    I know La Biche’s locomotive running light engine is attacked by a Spitfire.However,in the air raid scene, after the art train’s wagon rooves are painted white I can’t positively identify the twin engined bombers.I guessed they could be Douglas A26 invaders with glazed noses.(There is a camera shot taken through the perspex bomb aimers position).France’s air force did have these aircraft so their appearance in the film is possible,but I don’t know when they were retired

    Anyone able to confirm which type of bomber was used? thanks

  11. Rothwell19
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    Anyone know if The Train is coming to Blu-ray anytime soon? Can’t imagine a better classic to bring into the high-definition realm.

  12. hitking
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    I’m thinking about buying it vs renting it and just wondered if it was a keeper vs a rental. I usually don’t buy films, but a few I do, though only if I know I will watch it over and over again. Not too many fit that bill.

    Master and Commander/Far Side of the World being one that does.

    I suspect that I wouldn’t watch The Train repeatedly though.

    Any advise?

    Thanks

  13. angelofvic
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    For those who have recently seen the film:

    Does it begin with a sequence defining the word "sabotage" and showing French factory workers throwing their sabots (wooden shoes) into the machinery?

    Thanks in advance. I’m trying to figure out which movie begins that way.

    . . . . . . . .

  14. PatrynXX
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    Front and back shows it in color. Obviously it’s not in color. Where was MGM’s brain located?

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  15. Oliver-50
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    This has to be one of the most taut impressive films I have ever seen. So much action/realism with two great performances. I was surprised to see that it had only a single Academy Award nomination for writing, which is the weakest part of the film. In my opinion it deserved nominations for the following.

    -Best Picture

    -Supporting Actor – Paul Scofield

    -Director – John Frankenheimer (who was never nominated for anything!)

    -Sound

    -Film Editing

    Anybody else feel the same way?

  16. Diplodocus55
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    I saw the movie and the similarities to RAIDERS were obvious (priceless cargo keeps being exchanged between the hands of Nazis and our hero)… but is there any specific reference in Raiders to this? Or is Raiders just listed in The Train’s "movie connections" b/c of the similarities to the plot?

    (I also thought that one bespectacled Nazi looked a lot like Toht).

  17. de_niro_2001
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    I don’t know whether it was Arthur Penn or John Frankenheimer who said of making this film "Smashing up the trains- it’s every boy’s dream". Every juvenile delinquent’s dream maybe. As a train enthusiast I was disappointed to hear that real trains were destroyed in the making of this film. In 1964, France, like many other countries, was modernising its railways and phasing out steam locomotives and introducing new rolling stock. The result was that there were many steam locomotives and outdated carriages and freight cars which were right for the Second World War period available to be destroyed for the making of this film. Frankly, I think it was scanadalous that fine old trains were destroyed just for this film. I’ll admit I’m also against the destruction of model railways but it has to be admitted that Sergio Leone staged a very realistic train wreck at the end of A Fistful of Dynamite using models. Mind you, if I was a special effects man I’d be sad at seeing the models I built destroyed. Trains are sacred.

  18. Alfabeta
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    as in "plot is irrelevant in the big picture (outcome of the war), but within it’s own existance is very important for the characters involved". Saving the paintings makes no difference to the war effort, but is crucial (even as MacGuffin) in a different way.

    Great example

    Apocalypse Now (1979)

    or in a lighter way

    Off Limits (1988)

  19. [email protected]
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    Can anyone tell me what happened in the last 5 minutes of this movie? I watched the whole thing to what I thought was the end, but the network showing it started the movie late, thus the ending was cut off. Thanks!

  20. RCRathgeber
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    For a war movie, this is a good one, but it is lousy with prolepses.

  21. fanaticita
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    Towards the end a jeep with two Germans, one an officer, sped up and confronted Scofield’s character Colonel von Waldheim about the train. The German who spoke to the Colonel looked like Sebastian Koch, but he would have been much too young in 1964, so it couldn’t have been him. I didn’t catch the character’s name so I don’t know who to look for in the cast. Anybody know who this actor was?

  22. eThink
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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038334/

    The film was commissioned by the Associations of the Resistance soon after the end of the Second World War. The story is based on real life events that occurred between the Normandy Landings and the liberation.

    Fans of "The Train" will appreciate this film in terms of it similarities in terms of subject and technical issues. My guess is that John Frankenheimer may have viewed "The Battle of the Rails" as part of his preparation to direct "The Train"

    The director of "The Battle of the Rails" is Rene Clement, who also directed "Is Paris Burning?" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060814/

    The "Battle of the Rails" is available on DVD. DVD is B&W with subtitles.

  23. socolov
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    I thought the tension between the two of them was brilliant. So many movies have a obligatory love scene, but by excluding that, a marvellous sense of "what could’ve been under different circumstances" was very effective. Moviemakers today should consider this when filming today.

  24. eandtslattery
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    The Train leaves ‘Rive Rhein’and goes through 6 stations before coming back to ‘Rive Rhein’.Are they factual or were they fictitious places?,and would such a journey have been possible?

  25. hallowedgrnd
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    "The Train" W./Burt Lancaster Will shown on Encore "Mystery" on:

    Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 04:00am (PT) Arizona Time…Check Local Listings!!

  26. floriandistler
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    Hello!

    I’m intrested in the places where the were shot. So let’s start a list, if possible with evidence and google earth coordinates.

    – Rive-Reine – Station with the crash of the to locomotives – Acquingy –

    49°10’15.15"N // 1°10’47.57"O

    – attac of the spitfire and emergency stop in the tunnel – near moulineaux –

    49°19’54.86"N // 0°58’17.53"O (tunnel)

  27. bullit2513
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    With the UK version running seven minutes longer, is it a case of the different formats and the UK one running slightly slower or is there more footage? It’d be interesting to see any scenes that didn’t make the US release version. Although for the life of me, I can’t think of any plot lines that aren’t resolved or any big plot holes.

    Anyone seen the UK version?

    "Congratulations, Major. It appears that at last you have found yourself a real war." Ben Tyreen

  28. keith-hewle
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    Can any one help me with this question ?

    Its a 4-6-0 presumably mixed traffic like GWR HALL and LMS BLACK FIVE. I should like to model it but am not knowledgeable on the French railway seen of the early twentieth century.

  29. ranshorewood
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    A real steam engine wreck runs risk of boiler explosion which can be more catastrophic than the wreck itself. I wonder if the engines used were at normal working pressure at time of wrecking?

  30. Anonymous
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  31. JDAILEY-2
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    Are my eyes deceiving me, or is the French actor Bernard Fresson playing an uncredited part as the German engineer at the end of the movie?

  32. Xcalate_1776
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    gives it something extra

    great movie



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  33. hitking
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    I saw this at Kroger’s for $9.99. I should have bought it, after reading these reviews. They actually not only had this one but several other 60’s war movies that looked interesting….and aren’t available at Blockbuster anymore.

    One other was "Pork Chop Hill" with Gregory Peck. Also "Run Silent, Run Deep" with Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable. Also "Battle of Britain".

    Until I get back there can anyone else maybe suggest some other titles which might be worth purchasing?

    I rarely purchase movies as I don’t often enjoy them on a repeated basis, but I do own a few.

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