The Train

The Train

John Frankenheimer (1964)

A Certificate


Our Score
In this marvellous war movie, Burt Lancaster stars as the railwayman attempting to stop demented Nazi officer Paul Scofield from pillaging art treasures from France in the dying days of the Second World War. The technically flawless direction is by John Frankenheimer (one of his five excellent films with Lancaster), who took over at short notice when Arthur Penn left the production after a disagreement, and the sheer excitement of using real trains is palpable - no models or digital effects here! The French locations are exceptionally well used, and Jeanne Moreau and the great Michel Simon contribute tellingly authentic portrayals. The film also raises an interesting moral issue: is any work of art ever worth a person's life?


As the Allies look set to liberate Paris from the Nazi forces, the Germans resolve to take all they can from the city - and plot to transport national treasures back to Berlin. However, bold French Resistance forces vow to stop them, enlisting the help of a train inspector along the way. Second World War adventure, starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau and Michel Simon.

Cast & Crew

Labiche Burt Lancaster
Colonel von Waldheim Paul Scofield
Christine Jeanne Moreau
Papa Boule Michel Simon
Miss Villard Suzanne Flon
Herren Wolfgang Preiss
Von Lubitz Richard Münch
Didont Albert Rémy
Pesquet Charles Millot
Jacques Jacques Marin
Director John Frankenheimer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Film Institute LtdGuidance: Contains some violence. Available on: video and DVD