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John Frankenheimer directs Burt Lancaster in the tense spy thriller The Train. Lancaster plays Labiche, a French railway inspector. Allied forces are threatening to liberate Paris, so Col. Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) is ordered to move the priceless works of art from the Jeu de Paume Museum to the fatherland. The head of the museum (Suzanne Flon) attempts to convince Labiche that he should sabotage the train on which they are transporting the art. Labiche is more focused on destroying a trainload of German weapons. After his friend is killed trying to stop the train with the art, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's simple stuff -- finely wrought entertainment -- but on its own merits, it works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Plays as a homage to the French Resistance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For a film with such an illogical premise, The Train manages to be a top-rate WWII thriller that's held up well."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Classic Frankenheimer WWII actioner with unique plot."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"A landmark picture in terms of its breakneck, antic, physical ambition--the marriage of that hell to the heaven of its gravitas something that marks Frankenheimer's best films."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"How do you weigh the cultural heritage of a nation against the value of human life? A wholly persuasive, intelligent thiller crisply directed by Frankenheimer."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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