The Train

It carried their hopes, their nation's honour!

Categories: Thriller, War
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.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1964-09-24
Run time: 133 minute / 2:13
Budget: $5,800,000
Revenue: $6,800,000
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writers: Walter Bernstein, Franklin Coen, Frank Davis, Albert Husson.
Production Companies : Les Productions Artistes Associés, Les Films Ariane, Dear Film Produzione
Production Countries: France, Italy, United States of America


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
Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer

Walter Bernstein Screenplay

Jean Tournier Director of Photography

Franklin Coen Screenplay

John Frankenheimer Director

Willy Holt Production Design

David Bretherton Editor

Walter Wottitz Director of Photography

Rose Valland Novel
Frank Davis Screenplay
Albert Husson Screenplay

Jules Bricken Producer

Gabriel Rongier Editor

Costume & Make-Up
Georges Bouban Makeup Artist

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