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The Train (1964) was a Thriller/Suspense - War Film directed by Arthur Penn and John Frankenheimer and produced by Jules Bricken.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingFranklin Coen, Frank DavisNominated
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By Michael on Apr 16, 2018 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

This past Christmas my son got me a Mill Creek box set called Awesomely Cheesy Movies. 100 movies on 24 disks, it’s actually a combination of two of their earlier released sets, “The Swinging Seventies”, and “The Excellent Eighties”. For those of you who may not be fam... Read full article


The Train (1964)

By Beatrice on Apr 3, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Train Directed by John Frankenheimer Written by Franklin Coehn and Frank Davis from a novel by Rose Valland1964/France/Italy/USA Les Films Ariane/Les Productions Artistes Associes/Dear Film Produzione Repeat viewing/Netflix rental An action-packed winner for when you are in the mood for susp... Read full article


Review: Strangers on the Train (1951)

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The Train (1964) with Burt Lancaster

By Greg Orypeck on Sep 4, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!?The art train is not to be destroyed.??Orders are to mark it so that the planes will pass it up.?? a French Resistance leader Some critics, and even that lesser breed of us, those mere movie?observers?and hyper film buffs, are rumored to enjoy writing negative reviews, not usually true, ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Labiche: You crazy bastard.


Labiche: Thank you.
Christine: I don't want your thanks. If they'd caught me helping you, I would have been shot.
Labiche: I know. I'm sorry.
Christine: You think you can just run in and out of here and make trouble? I run a hotel, not a madhouse. Who's going to pay for the door? Who's going to pay for the lock? Do you think money grows on trees?
Labiche: There's a war...
Christine: You talk about the war. I talk about what it costs!
Labiche: I'll be leaving in a few hours. You can go back to your good customers.
Christine: They pay. That's what I'm in business for.
Labiche: You should be paid. How much for the damage?
Christine: One hundred francs.
[He pays her.]
Labiche: How much for saving my life?


Resistance leader: London agrees the art is important. Anything we can do to save it... but they leave it up to us.
Labiche: Why not? What can they lose? This morning we had four men left in this group. Now we have three. One, two, three.
Pesquet: Bernard?
Labiche: We started with eighteen. Like your paintings, mademoiselle, we couldn't replace them. For certain things we take the risk, but I won't waste lives on paintings.
Miss Villard: They wouldn't be wasted! Excuse me, I know that's a terrible thing to say. But those paintings are part of France. The Germans want to take them away. They've taken our land, our food, they live in our houses, and now they're trying to take our art. This beauty, this vision of life, born out of France, our special vision, our trust... we hold it in trust, don't you see, for everyone? This is our pride, what we create and hold for the world. There are worse things to risk your life for than that.
Labiche: I'm sorry, mademoiselle, we can't help you.


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Facts about

The engine that crashes into a derailed engine was moving at nearly 60 mph. The crash was staged in the town of Acquigny, with extensive safety precautions and special insurance. Only one take was possible, and seven cameras were used.
The air raid on the yards was filmed at Gargenville yard, outside Paris. More than 50 people under Lee Zavitz needed six weeks to plant and wire all the charges, which were blown up in less than a minute. This was done by a special arrangement with the French National Railway, which had been seeking to modernize the yard but lacked the funds to do so.
The sequence in which Burt Lancaster evades an air attack on his locomotive by driving at full speed into a tunnel was based on an attack on the Great Western Railway during the war. A passenger train was pursued by a German fighter along the main line into Wales. Reaching speeds estimated at 90 mph (well above the wartime restrictions in place) the train successfully escaped into the tunnel under the River Severn in Gloucestershire and stopped beneath the river until the engineer judged that the danger had passed. The train was struck several times during the chase but there were no serious injuries.
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