Video Review

Video Review: 'The Train' (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery and Thriller, War; With: Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield

Is great art worth the loss of human life? That's the question posed (if never answered) by The Train, one of director John Frankenheimer's best nail-biters of the '60s, a gritty, realistic war flick in which Burt Lancaster and a host of terrific French character actors try to keep an obsessed Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) from shipping a bunch of plundered masterpieces to Germany. The good news is The Train's first video appearance in wide-screen on this laserdisc. The bad news is the running second-audio-track commentary by Frankenheimer; it's interesting, but it's also interrupted by so many long stretches of silence that waiting for the guy to open his yap eventually becomes more suspenseful than watching the movie itself. B+

Originally posted Oct 28, 1994 Published in issue #246 Oct 28, 1994 Order article reprints