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The Train
ID:
1965
Comments:
Director: Arthur Penn, John Frankenheimer
Screenplay: Albert Husson, Frank Davis, Franklin Coen, Howard Dimsdale, Nedrick Young, Rose Valland
Producer:
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 133
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Feb 1999 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  This is one of John Frankenheimer's breathless gems--all marvelous action that never lets up. Burt Lancaster plays a French train engineer during the waning days of the German occupation who tries to prevent Nazi colonel Paul Scofield from transporting a precious art collection back to Germany. Utilizing sabotage and cunning deception, Lancaster and his Resistance colleagues stall for time with the Allies on their way. It's a brilliantly made film, showing off Lancaster's acrobatic skills (he performed all of his own stunts) and Frankenheimer's sense of pacing and brilliant use of space. It's choreographed with the utmost precision (those are real explosions during the pivotal strafing sequence) and extremely authentic in its details. Lancaster is in rare minimalist form, and Scofield manages to extract intelligence and sympathy. A firecracker action film shot in crisp black and white, with yet another telling audio commentary by the always instructive director. "--Bill Desowitz"


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