The Train

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With the Allies poised to retake Paris from the Germans, Col. Franz Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) conspires to sneak out by train all of the art masterpieces looted by the German army. But museum curator Mademoiselle Villard (Suzanne Flon) alerts the French Resistance, and soon railway inspector Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster) is pressed into service. He reroutes the train, and cleverly deceives Von Waldheim by renaming each train station along the way.

Cast & Crew

Burt Lancaster
Paul Labiche
Paul Scofield
Colonel von Waldheim
Michel Simon
Papa Boule, Engineer
Suzanne Flon
Mademoiselle Villard
Wolfgang Preiss
Major Herren
Richard Münch
General Von Libitz
Albert Remy
Didont, Fireman
Charles Millot
Pesquet, Engineer
Jacques Marin
Jacques, Stationmaster at Rive-Reine
Rose Valland
Writer
Frank Davis
Writer
Bernard Farrel
Associate Producer
Maurice Jarre
Original Music
Jean Tournier
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Train

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Audience Reviews for The Train

  • Jul 26, 2015
    Where did this beautiful golden nugget come from? I'd never heard of it before. The damnable Nazis (again!!!) are stealing all the major art, the pride of France, right out of Paris, and the only thing standing in their way is the overmatched, overstressed, overwhelm French Underground. They've got more important things to get to on their plate too, but eventually are persuaded to see the art as more than simply decoration, and perhaps more important than guns, planes and even trains. What's Burt Lancaster doing in here then? Bad casting, but foiled but Lancaster's gravitas as a French railwayman fighting for the Resistance. So good, this film, so good. Jeanne Moreau is under used as only a love interest. Paul Scofield is perfect as the gentleman Kraut psychotic, one of only two people in the film who "understand" how important the art actually is, other than simply as a financial return.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    Exciting story based on actual events in the resistance to Nazi occupiers during WWII. Good performance by Lancaster. Definitely worth seeing if this has somehow slipped under your radar.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2013
    Burt Lancaster is a commanding onscreen presence, even in his less memorable performances. "The Train" has him playing Labiche, a French railway inspector who joins the French Resistance in their effort to stop a ruthless Nazi colonel from stealing a priceless art collection. Needless to say, Lancaster isn't convincing as a Frenchman, but he has charm and spirit and we like his character instantly because of it. "The Train" suffers from too much exposition and not enough action, but it is well-scripted and intensely-directed by the consistently underrated John Frankenheimer.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2010
    The Train is a 1964 war movie written by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis and directed by John Frankenheimer. It stars Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield and Jeanne Moreau. Set in August 1944, the film sets Resistance-member Labiche (Burt Lancaster) against Col. von Waldheim (Paul Scofield), as the former attempts to prevent the latter shipping art masterpieces from a French museum to Germany.Whit fantastic black and white cinematography, this war movie pearl is very tense and realistic.A must see.
    Andre T Super Reviewer

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