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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)

Best WritingFranklin Coen, Frank DavisNominated

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The Train (1964)

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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

Christine: Men want to be heroes, and their widows mourn.

Labiche: Where are the Allies?
Resistance leader: It has been arranged for a French division to reach Paris first. A gesture.
Labiche: Gesture! They can make gestures! Let them make one for Pesquet, or Jacques! That kid of Lefèvre's... he'd appreciate a gesture.

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?

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Facts about

Director Arthur Penn oversaw the development of the film and directed the first day of shooting. The next day was a holiday. Burt Lancaster, dissatisfied with Penn's conception of the picture, had him fired and replaced by John Frankenheimer. Penn envisioned a more intimate film that would muse on the role art played in the French character, and why they would risk their lives to save the country's great art from the Nazis. He did not intend to give much focus to the mechanics of the train operation itself. Frankenheimer said that in the original script Penn wanted to shoot, the train did not leave the station until page 90. The production was shut down briefly while the script was rewritten. Lancaster told screenwriter Walter Bernstein the day Penn was fired, "Frankenheimer is a bit of a whore, but he'll do what I want." What Lancaster wanted was more emphasis on action in order to ensure that the film was a hit--after the failure of his film The Leopard--by appealing to a broader audience.
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.
Burt Lancaster performs all of his own stunts in this movie. Albert Rémy also gets into the act by performing the stunt of uncoupling the engine from the art train on a real moving train.
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