The Train (1964)

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As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 100% / Audience 89%

Rated Unrated,  2 hr 13 mins

GENRES
Action • Drama • Thriller • War
DIRECTION
John Frankenheimer
CAST
Burt Lancaster  •  Paul Scofield  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Suzanne Flon

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Burt Lancaster Paul Labiche
Paul Scofield von Waldheim
Jeanne Moreau Christine
Suzanne Flon Mademoiselle Villard
Michel Simon Papa Boul
Wolfgang Preiss Maj. Herren
Albert Rémy Didont
Charles Millot Pesquet
Richard Münch General von Libitz
Jean-Pierre Zola Octave
Jacques Marin Jacques
Paul Bonifas Spinet