John Frankenheimer's The Train

John Frankenheimer's The Train

DVD - 2015
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In August 1944, the Allied army is closing in on Paris. German commander and art fanatic Colonel Von Waldheim steals a vast collection of rare French paintings and loads them onto a train bound for Berlin. When a beloved French patriot is murdered while trying to sabotage Von Waldheim's scheme, Labiche, a stalwart member of the Resistance, vows to stop the train at any cost.


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Nov 01, 2017

Although 2 hours 13 minutes long, the fast moving plot takes this action-packed movie to its dramatic conclusion without boredom. Unfortunately the black and white film does not do justice to both the train collision and rail yard bombing scenes; and the spectacular French countryside scenes. The DVD jacket notes that this movie is based on an actual event. How many human lives is an art object worth is the key question of this movie?

Jun 07, 2017

This is one of the best WW2 movies ever made. It shows the fear in every action in the day to day lives of french people and the outrageous risks the resistance made. I watch it everytime it
comes on TCM.

Apr 13, 2017

I liked this DVD. It is to violent for children. The violence is not subtle. There are no sex scenes. The story is strong and simple. The characters have depth. The movie maintains the mystery until the end. The plot does move slow. It is well acted. It is a spy story about intelligence gathering on the enemy during the war. The story is about keeping the self-definition of your country as the conquered while under the thumb of the group that conquers you. It is about keeping your countries art history in your country and stay alive.

Apr 21, 2014

this movie needed the great art itself to make the dilemma relevant, as it was the story had no centre, the lives of the deserving perpetrators were not afforded meaning, though, significantly, the art itself remained, and yet, and ever, remains

Vincent T Lombardo May 04, 2013

A very entertaining and thrilling movie that also asks some provocative questions. For whom is great art, everyone or the elite? Is a great work of art more valuable than a human life? How many human lives should be sacrificed for art, or, for that matter, for any cause? The acting was great, but it was difficult to understand a lot of the dialogue, because, even though the movie was in English, the actors playing the Nazis spoke with German accents and the actors playing French citizens spoke with French accents, except for Burt Lancaster, who played a Frenchman but spoke English with an American accent! Still, it was a great movie.


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