The Train

The Train (1964)

It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!

  • Genre: War, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1964-09-24
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 308 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 13min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Les Productions Artistes Associés
  • Production Country: France, Italy, United States of America
  • Director: John Frankenheimer
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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.

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  • Burt Lancaster

    as Paul Labiche
  • Paul Scofield

    as von Waldheim
  • Jeanne Moreau

    as Christine
  • Suzanne Flon

    as Mademoiselle Villard
  • Michel Simon

    as Papa Boul
  • Wolfgang Preiss

    as Maj. Herren
  • Albert Rémy

    as Didont
  • Charles Millot

    as Pesquet
  • Richard Münch

    as General von Libitz
  • Jean-Pierre Zola

    as Octave
  • Jacques Marin

    as Jacques
  • Paul Bonifas

    as Spinet
  • Jean Bouchaud

    as Schmidt
  • Donald O'Brien

    as Schwartz
  • Arthur Brauss

    as Pilzer
  • Jean-Claude Bercq

    as Major
  • Howard Vernon

    as Dietrich
  • Louis Falavigna

    as Railroad Worker
  • Richard Bailey

    as Grote
  • Christian Fuin

    as Robert
  • Helmo Kindermann

    as Ordnance Officer
  • Roger Lumont

    as Engineer Officer
  • Gérard Buhr

    as Corporal
  • Christian Rémy

    as Tauber
Directing John Frankenheimer Director
Writing Rose Valland Novel
Writing Franklin Coen Screenplay
Writing Frank Davis Screenplay
Writing Walter Bernstein Screenplay
Writing Albert Husson Screenplay
Production Jules Bricken Producer
Sound Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer
Camera Jean Tournier Director of Photography
Camera Walter Wottitz Director of Photography
Editing David Bretherton Editor
Editing Gabriel Rongier Editor
Costume & Make-Up Georges Bouban Makeup Artist
Art Willy Holt Production Design
Writing Nedrick Young Screenplay