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The Train
- Burt Lancaster

Overview - The duo of director John Frankenheimer and actor Burt Lancaster again join forces with the latter starring as French railway inspector Labiche. With Allied forces closing in on occupied Paris, Herman Goering orders Col. Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) to move the priceless art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to Germany by train.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The duo of director John Frankenheimer and actor Burt Lancaster again join forces with the latter starring as French railway inspector Labiche. With Allied forces closing in on occupied Paris, Herman Goering orders Col. Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) to move the priceless art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to Germany by train. The museum's curator, Mme. Villard (Suzanne Flon) tries to cajole Labiche into stopping the art train, but he's far more concerned with blowing up a German armaments train. Meanwhile, Papa Boule (Michel Simon), an aged railwayman, uses the distraction of the Allied bombing of a nearby munitions train to burn out the engines of the train carrying the art, and is killed by the Nazis for his efforts. Hotelkeeper Christine (Jeanne Moreau), has managed to persuade Labiche of the importance of the art, and when the livid Waldheim orders him to drive the treasure-bearing train, he's formulated a plan to foil the Nazi theft. He fabricates a series of interlocking ruses which lead the Germans to believe that the train has crossed into Germany, when, in reality, it's simply going in circles around Paris. Lancaster leads an exceptional cast in this engrossing film, based on a true story. Michel Simon is especially memorable, as is the gritty, minimally-lit black and white photography of Jean Tournier.

Cast List

Jules Bricken - French Producer
Maurice Jarre - Composer, GHOST (1990)
Albert Rémy - French Actor
Jacques Marin - French Character Actor
Paul Scofield - Oscar-winning British actor; A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)
Franklin Coen - American Screenwriter
Albert Husson - French Playwright
Frank Davis - Screenwriter
Richard Munch - Character Actor
Jeanne Moreau - French actress/director/screenwriter
Willy Holt - Art Director
Burt Lancaster - Oscar-winning actor, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, ELMER GANTRY
Burton Stephen Lancaster - Oscar-winning actor, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, ELMER GANTRY
Jean Tournier - Director Of Photography
Walter Wottitz - American Cinematographer
John Frankenheimer - American Director
Michel Simon - French Character Actor
Wolfgang Preiss - German Character Actor
Walter Bernstein - American Screenwriter
David Bretherton - American Editor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 133
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 738329160722
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: May 2015

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"...Lancaster, the greatest physical actor ever, does his own stunts..." - 09/30/1994 USA Today, p.3D

 
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