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263 Ratings

Night Train to Munich

Directed by Carol Reed
United Kingdom, 1940


A twisting, turning cloak-and-dagger delight, Night Train to Munich is a gripping comic confection from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat and director Carol Reed, paced like an out-of-control freight train.

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Night Train to Munich Directed by Carol Reed

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1942 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1940 | 2nd place: Best Film

1940 | 3rd place: Best Director

Senator, I’ve seen The Lady Vanishes. I love The Lady Vanishes. The Lady Vanishes is on my Blu-ray shelf. Senator, you’re no…well, actually, you’re a thoroughly enjoyable picture in your own right, if not nearly as witty or impassioned… Never less than engaging, but never more than that, either, and it has the misfortune of closely resembling—seemingly by design—a near-masterpiece.
October 15, 2016
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In the film’s best scene, Dickie discovers a note hidden by Charters and Caldicott, realizing he might have the upper hand on the Germans. Reading the note, Harrison curls Dickie’s face into a sly smile that exhilaratingly confirms the character’s daring. At this point, Night Train to Munich’s various segues snap snugly in place, cohering the narrative firmly into the shape of a thriller.
September 11, 2016
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An ingenious, tongue-in-cheek roller coaster of a thriller, neatly balancing its more serious moments (the concentration camp episode) with espionage intrigue, headlong chase sequences, a hint of sexual innuendo, and—not least of its delights—a generous helping of spiritedly played, Nazi-baiting comedy.
June 23, 2010
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