The Train


The Train

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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


Jeanne Moreau
as Christine
Paul Scofield
as Von Waldheim
Suzanne Flon
as Mlle Villard
Michel Simon
as Papa Boule
Helmo Kinderman
as Ordnance Officer
Richard Münch
as Gen. von Lubitz
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
Wolfgang Saure
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Victor Beaumont
as Bit Part (uncredited)
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  • 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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