The Train (1965)




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John Frankenheimer directs Burt Lancaster in the tense spy thriller The Train. Lancaster plays Labiche, a French railway inspector. Allied forces are threatening to liberate Paris, so Col. Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) is ordered to move the priceless works of art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to the fatherland. The head of the museum (Suzanne Flon) attempts to convince Labiche that he should sabotage the train on which they are transporting the art. Labiche is more focused on destroying a trainload of German weapons. After his friend is killed trying to stop the train with the art, and after a consciousness-raising conversation with a hotel owner (Jeanne Moreau), Labiche resolves to save the antiquities. Lancaster and Frankenheimer had worked together previously on both Birdman of Alcatraz and Seven Days in May. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Burt Lancaster
as Labiche
Jeanne Moreau
as Christine
Paul Scofield
as Von Waldheim
Suzanne Flon
as Mlle Villard
Michel Simon
as Papa Boule
Albert Remy
as Didont
Helmo Kinderman
as Ordnance Officer
Charles Millot
as Pesquet
Jacques Marin
as Jacques
Paul Bonifas
as Spinet
Jean Bouchaud
as Schmidt
Donald O'Brien
as Schwartz
Richard Münch
as Gen. von Lubitz
Arthur Brauss
as Pilzer
Howard Vernon
as Dietrich
Louis Falavigna
as Railroad Worker
Richard Bailey
as Sgt. Grote
Helmo Kindermann
as Ordnance Officer
Roger Lumont
as Engineer Officer
Gerard Buhr
as Corporal
Max From
as Gestapo Officer
Jean-Jacques Lecomte
as Lieutenant of Retreating Convoy
Jacques Blot
as Hubert
Wolfgang Saure
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Victor Beaumont
as Bit Part (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Train

All Critics (10)

A ripping system of motion, at once streamlined spectacle and thorny moral quandary

Full Review… | October 6, 2015

The Train is a lesson in focusing on the most essential, forward-moving elements and throwing everything else away.

Full Review… | May 4, 2015
The Dissolve

It's simple stuff -- finely wrought entertainment -- but on its own merits, it works.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For a film with such an illogical premise, The Train manages to be a top-rate WWII thriller that's held up well.

Full Review… | October 2, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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… | March 24, 2009
Film Freak Central

Plays as a homage to the French Resistance.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Train

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer


A screaming pile of awesomeness. Gritty, action packed and full of machismo. Possibly the best train movie ever. Suggested double feature: Von Ryan's Express.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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