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Man on the Train (2003) In an unlikely novelty pairing, two aging rulers of the French pop-culture kingdom get to admire each other's crowns in Man on the Train ,… 2003-05-09 R PT90M Drama Foreign Language Johnny Hallyday Jean Rochefort Paramount Classics
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Man on the Train (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

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Man on the Train | 'TRAIN' ATTRACTION Rochefort and Hallyday make unlikely friends
'TRAIN' ATTRACTION Rochefort and Hallyday make unlikely friends
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: May 09, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Johnny Hallyday and Jean Rochefort; Distributor: Paramount Classics

In an unlikely novelty pairing, two aging rulers of the French pop-culture kingdom get to admire each other's crowns in Man on the Train, an autumnal movie about an unlikely novelty pairing of a vagabond bank robber and a retired schoolteacher in a small French burg. Grizzled rock & roll star Johnny Hallyday -- known to his peeps as ''the French Elvis'' -- plays a cool, taciturn loner in a leather jacket, who blows into town to knock off a local bank; durable leading man Jean Rochefort -- known to those who saw ''Lost in La Mancha'' as Don Quixote -- plays a garrulous bachelor bored by his life of routine in a house cluttered with tchotchkes. The premise, the structure, and the men-at-twilight conversation in Patrice Leconte's ingratiating drama feel cloyingly predetermined at times, but the sight of Hallyday and Rochefort luxuriating in their contrasting manly personas is a kick.

Originally posted May 07, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints