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344 Ratings

The Train

John Frankenheimer's The Train

Directed by John Frankenheimer
France, Italy, 1964
Action, War


In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

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The Train Directed by John Frankenheimer

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1966 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

National Board of Review

1966 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1965 | Nominee: Best Film from any Source

Daring set-piece subterfuges done from within the belly of the muscular genre beast.
December 28, 2018
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Frankenheimer’s picture was, remarkably, an assignment he took over after the original director Arthur Penn was let go due to differences with star and producer, Lancaster. It neither feels like a movie Frankenheimer took over nor a work for hire – it’s so intricately executed, so demanding an exercise, and at such a scale, that even with all the preparation and time in the world, an almost military precision would be needed to deliver.
November 03, 2017
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A ripping system of motion, at once streamlined spectacle and thorny moral quandary—“Beauty belongs to the man who can appreciate it,” so goes the pivotal barb in a showdown strewn with corpses and paintings. Inglourious Basterds has an echo or two, considerations extend to Éloge de l’amour and The Rape of Europa.
December 26, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Train

    Interesting theme that underpins the movie: Is Art worth the death of hundreds of lives? As money and coins are a recurrent motive in 'The Train', we can assume that John Frankenheimer wanted us to think about the relation between Money and Art or, more specifically between the Producer and the Author/Director bond here. Action movie yes but not only. Highly recommended.

  • Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film The Train

    This is one for the trainspotters - Burt Lancaster utterly pathetic as a laughably un-French Resistance fighter. Not one of Paul Scofield's greatest roles - more wooden than a chopping block. The ending is ludicrously "gunfight at the OK Corral" except that Scofield forgot his gun and got mown down (THAT'S A SPOILER - but then you can't spoil rubbish). Jeanne Moreau was good.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Train

    Apart the fact that is ridiculous to have the actors speaking english with different accents to suggest different nationalities, this film is a proof that Frankenheimer is up with the great "action" directors of North-American cinema.The intricate and amazing structure of the script is always strikingly articulated with a search for a visuality, at least as engaging as a fiction where constant surprises are implicit.

  • SpacePirate's rating of the film The Train

    Really an odd little film that doesnt really deserve to be as successful as it is. The actors are so obviously not french or german and make little effort to appear to, and Lancaster in general doesnt really come across as a resistance fighter, this still is a tight action film with an underlying message that art will outlast us all. Good stuff. 4 stars

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Train

    Voilà un excellent moment de cinéma "historique", qui conserve le souffle épique et la dimension humaine de "La bataille du rail" qu'avait réalisé René Clément, en son temps.

  • Thomas's rating of the film The Train

    This cracking story based on real-life events is masterfully directed by Frankenheimer at the top of his game, as indeed are Lancaster and the rest of a wholly credible cast. Performances are layered, visceral and never fall into parody or pastiche. Throughout is a deep sense of national pride and humane dignity which contrasts brilliantly with the raw cinematography and impressive, intense set-pieces. A masterpiece.

  • Àlex Frias Haro's rating of the film The Train

    ¿Cuántas vidas se requieren para salvar pinturas de Van Gogh y Picasso? ¿Cuántos hombres el sacrificarse para rescatar cuadros de Gaughin, Renoir y Cézanne, tesoros nacionales de Francia? La respuesta está en este excelente thriller de John Frankenheimer, con un Burt Lancaster que está, simplemente, a todo vapor. Una heist movie "por amor al arte" que te tendrá con los nervios de punta.

  • Drewcifer's rating of the film The Train

    What a knockout! Here's prime Frankenheimer in the middle of one of the best streaks of artistic successes I can imagine. Not a stitch of it has anything to do with actual events, but its narrative thrust and ultimate humanity make it a real winner.

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