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As Paris is about to be liberated by the Allies in August 1944, a German officer
(Paul Scofield) plans to remove priceless art from French museums and transport it to
Germany by train. A French railway worker and resistance leader (Burt Lancaster)
organizes a series of plans to stop the train without destroying the art. Train
buffs will get a feast of technical activity in switching yards, on locomotives and
on rolling stock. The rest of us can ponder the question of whether saving the art was
worth the loss of life.
The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. Phil Bufithis, Professor Emeritus of English at
About the director John Frankenheimer
About the film career of Burt Lancaster
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film