The Train

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Released 1964

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Director:
John Frankenheimer
Released:
1964
Rating:
R
The Train is a 1964 film directed by John Frankenheimer, set in August 1944 during the final stages of World War II. Paris is occupied by the Nazis, and the city's art masterpieces are being removed to be taken to Germany. Colonel Franz von Waldheim (Paul Scofield), an art lover himself, is in charge of the operation to select which pieces of art to remove and to organize their transportation to Germany. When the Jeu de Palme Museum become a victim of the Nazi thefts, the museum's curator, Madamoiselle Villard (Suzanne Flon) decides to fight back. She contacts the local resistance movement to ask for their help in preventing the loss of the artworks. Although they initially reject her pleas for help, their stance changes when Papa Boule is executed by the Nazis for trying to sabotage the train carrying the Jeu de Palme artworks. The resistance group, which includes Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster), needs to delay the departure of the train carrying the stolen art for a few days until Paris is liberated. The initial sabotage efforts are a success, but tragedy then strikes the resistance group, leaving Labiche as the only hope of keeping from being taken to Germany. Labaiche manages to derail the train en route to Germany as the film progresses towards a dramatic final showdown with Waldheim, which determines the fate of the stolen art.moreless

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Action & Adventure

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Military & War, Classics