Movie: The Train Burt Lancaster MGM Widescreen 4.4 of 5 (7)
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This tense 1964 action drama from John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) stars Burt Lancaster as a member of the French Resistance trying to prevent Nazi looters from taking valuable art treasures out of the country. A great ride all the way with Frankenheimer at his inimitable best. This is a true human-scale action movie of the sort we used to think of before "action" meant blowing up asteroids in space. Kinetic but almost rueful in tone the films chases and fights are not just eye candy but rather encourage audience involvement in moral stakes. Crisp and serious performances all around from Lancaster and 1960s icons Paul Scofield and Jeanne Moreau. System Requirements:Starring: Burt Lancaster et al. Director: John Frankenheimer Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: UPC: 027616753922 Manufacturer No: M110330
TVD - Train Content: This is without a doubt a steam lovers wonderland! Tons of real SNCF (French National Railways) being abused. A great scene of Lancaster casting a a new driver, and just tons of train action. Approximate train content: 90%
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Sam (Northern California) on 2010-12-28 18:30:05.
Unfortunately we've been told by several Hollywood distributors that this movie has been discontinued on DVD and is no longer available. Sometimes they decide to re-release them though, so we'll keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime at this writing we have a some left in stock.
Added 2011-04-19 10:37:22 by Sam
Ah... as often happens, they discontinue then restart again later. Maybe they receive a flood of backorders or requests and change their minds? Who knows. Anyway, this is available once again.
Enrique Herrera (San Jose, Costa Rica) on 2010-10-29 07:26:28.
This is a different train movie. Even though it is about European trains (I grew up amongst American type trains with 4 wheel trucks and knuckle couplers) and in black & white, the picture is crisp, the plot is related to a difficult time in our World history (Second World War), and it does have a very good plot and incredible train shots.
jt on 2010-07-06 18:05:04.
This is a great movie for train fans and WWII buffs
gary on 2010-07-06 09:07:56.
A director's dream! To have a whole railway to run and wreck. No fancy digital effects anywhere in what is really one of the best train movies of all time.
trainlover on 2010-07-05 18:16:07.
Excellent old black and white movie about french patriots in ww2.
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2010-01-23 12:27:50.
If you enjoy a combination of espionage and trains, you'll definitely appreciate this movie. Aside from what's already been written about this film, we see Burt Lancaster doing all of his own stunts (he was trained as an acrobat before being an actor), and some of them are quite impressive. Also, the bombing of the rail yard is totally real and authentic - at the time of filming this movie, the SNCF was planning on renovating the yard, and let the film makers plant explosives throughout the property. We also get a glimpse of an armored locomotive. I wish we saw more of it in the movie. Great film, but also keep in mind that it's in black and white. Probably fitting given its atmosphere.
samtheman on 2009-02-05 13:24:23.
If you're a fan of steam, then you MUST have this movie in your collection. This is the real thing. Not Hollywood model work although I'm sure models were used during some of the bombing scenes. You'll see real steam locomotives driven hard... throttles opened wide, drivers spinning, brakes slammed on, direction thrown into reverse while moving forward. You'll see real derailments and collisions. Fantastic for the rail fan. There is a great scene of a bearing cap being forged and a driving rod being replaced in the shop by Burt Lancaster.