Night Train to Munich

Night Train to Munich

DVD - 2010
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"Carol Reed's Night Train to Munich is a twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight, combining comedy, romance, and thrills with the greatest of ease. Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, Night Train takes viewers on a World War II-era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison. This captivating, long-overlooked adventure - which features Paul Henreid and clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes - is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the master of suspense a run for his money."--Container.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2010.
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 9781604652857
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : Dolby digital mono. sd., b&w ; 12 cm. + 1 booklet ([14] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)


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Aug 07, 2018

Fun movie. I recommend viewing it. Now the heroine does come across as dumb as a board, but the plot is very good.

Jul 28, 2018

This is a 1940 film that does not pretend to be high level drama but Europe was fighting for its life against the Nazis. At first I found myself kind of smirking at the naivity of the characters and the setting. But that smirk changed to appreciation for the imagination of the movie and the license given to the scenes. In one of them Rex Harrison seemed like he shot at least 30 times from a six round gun. He never ran out when he needed to shoot. Another scene shows Rex being shot in the shoulder but minutes later is using the same injured arm to jump out of one cable car and grab onto another without showing any pain on his face. Those Brits are tough! It is impossible for millenials to see that the Nazis were evil people and they were ready to tackle the world. Paul Von Hernreid plays a Nazi here but a few years later he was a freedom fighter wanted by the Nazis in the movie Casablanca. Actor Rex Harrison always has come across to me as almost insufferably arrogant, too full of himself for anyone else to stand equal. The is a bit of the Hitchcock in this movie and really comes out at the end.

Jan 18, 2018

Boring beyond endurance. In general, I like older films. But this was lifeless, and it kept leap-frogging around from one turgid improbability to the next. The same screenwriters also penned 2 movies I very much favor -- Green for Danger and The Lady Vanishes. The muse was with them there -- but not here. Both G for D and LV had extremely limited settings -- a hospital in one, a train in the other; perhaps such limitations help the writers. In Munich, they go all over the place while convincing this viewer of Nada.

Aug 29, 2017

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1940, this 90-minute British thriller shows an amazing and amusing cat-and-mouse story of an escaping scientist and the catching-up Gestapo.
Although you definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief, this appears to be a quite entertaining piece with thrill, suspence and laughs.

Aug 11, 2017

A grand old wartime yarn based on Gordon Wellesley’s Oscar-nominated original story and spun for the big screen by director Carol Reed, "Night Train" relies on outrageous coincidences, dumb Nazis, and questionable plot twists that would have rendered a less assured production more farce than fancy. But Margaret Lockwood and a terribly miscast Rex Harrison manage to plod along amiably supported by a leering Paul Henreid and the comedic duo of Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford here reprising their roles of Caldicott and Charters, those stiff upper-lipped British gents who first appeared on another train in Hitchcock’s "The Lady Vanishes". As a propaganda film it goes down easily without the need for any King and Country bombast and the scenes along a treacherous mountain pass are beautifully filmed though hardly convincing.

Mar 09, 2017

Had no problem getting the subtitles on screen

Feb 27, 2016

No subtitles. Hard to hear.

Mar 18, 2015

Old fashioned WWII mystery in black and white. Sort of hokey
by today's standards but fun to watch, regarding old movies vs. current, dialogue, filming, etc.

Jan 07, 2015

Great movie. Enjoyed it to the end.

Dec 07, 2014

One of the most suspenseful movies you will ever see. Director Carol Reed was a master of suspense. Rex Harrison plays a British undercover agent who cleverly is trying to get a Czech scientist and his daughter out of Germany. It is both amazing and suspenseful. A really great movie that will have you cheering in the end.

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