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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Sep 2021 12:07 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Best Film That Mixes Battles & Trains?

And in the final round of voting:

32% said "Von Ryan's Express"
23% said "Lawrence of Arabia"
14% said "Bridge on the River Kwai"

rmaker21 Sep 2021 12:28 p.m. PST

After seeing the results of numerous TMP movie polls, I've come to the conclusion that most of our members have never seen any movie made before 1955.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2021 12:54 p.m. PST

Went the day well?
Life and death of Colonel Blimp?
A matter of life and Death
Dr Mabusa
M….Murderer amongst us
Way out West
The Four Feathers
Angels with Dirty faces
….I could go on all day if you like grin

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2021 12:57 p.m. PST

At least it is actually about a train…

arthur181521 Sep 2021 1:13 p.m. PST

Got to be Buster Keaton's The General. closely followed by North West Frontier.

Attalus I21 Sep 2021 1:35 p.m. PST

I think that the movie "The Train" with Burt Lancaster was a pretty good film.

Wackmole921 Sep 2021 2:50 p.m. PST

Emperor of the North. Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine

Striker21 Sep 2021 3:07 p.m. PST

Runaway Train (1985).

Stan Johansen Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Sep 2021 4:44 p.m. PST

Emperor of the north

Dukewilliam21 Sep 2021 5:11 p.m. PST

I second ‘The Train'.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 12:06 a.m. PST

'The Train' gets my vote as well

Tom Reed22 Sep 2021 5:30 a.m. PST

Wasn't there a train film set during the ACW? I think it was a Disney film.

HMS Exeter22 Sep 2021 9:28 a.m. PST

The Train
Flame over India/Northwest Frontier
Breakheart Pass
Emperor of the North Pole
Source Code (a bit OT, but wildly underrated)
Under Seige
Taking of Pelham 123 (original)

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 9:49 a.m. PST

Dark of the Sun
Bhowani Junction

John the OFM22 Sep 2021 10:14 a.m. PST

It's funny how so many of the outraged "Well, what about xxxxx" complaints were never nominated.
It's not as if an elite committee selected the choices.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 10:40 a.m. PST

The Train.

Black and white. Great photography of now long lost French country stations and steam engines. Paul Scofield as the nasty Nazi was good too. Many a real French actor, including Grouchy from Waterloo (1970). The bombing of the rail junction, shown from a low level bomber, fantastic.

Worst ever example of a train/ battle sequence?

Battle of the Bulge. A train races through "Belgium" (looks more like the Rocky Mountains) at speeds that should break the sound barrier. Only to meet a "Tiger" at the end of a tunnel. Truly ludicrous. The Bridge at Remagen train sequence was not as bad. But not great. The train crash in the early stages of The Longest Day is terrific. It was a real engine and you can tell.

0ldYeller22 Sep 2021 10:45 a.m. PST

What about all the movies that take place during the Mexican Revolution that have significant scenes with trains. The Professionals; 100 Rifles; Also Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (and all the other Pancho Villa movies) etc. And what about Dark of the Sun (the whole movie takes place on a train).

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

Flame Over India for sure.

Huscarle22 Sep 2021 12:53 p.m. PST

"The General", "The Train" and "North West frontier" are the best 3 train war movies that I have seen. Although "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Bridge over the River Kwai" are great movies, the train sequences are fairly minor.

John the OFM22 Sep 2021 2:46 p.m. PST

My Little Chickadee

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 4:33 p.m. PST

Fist full of dynamite. Rod Steiger,
James Coburn. Mexican revolution.That one is a must see.
The Great Locomotive Chase.Old Disney with Fess Parker.ACW.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 10:00 p.m. PST

Trains and Battles? Runaway Train, Breakheart Pass, Under Seige, Emperor of the North Pole, Taking of Pelham 123, Unstopable, Murder on the Orient Express, Polar Express , Silver Streak, Snowpiercer, Horror Express, are all good train movies, most of the action is on the train. Not Wars. In Pelhan the train is mostly stationary. 3:10 to Yuma Is good movie with some train action, The Great Train Robbery, Alien Express, Narrow Margin.

Anyway, in keeping with the original question, I vote for
The Dark of the Sun (I have done a game of that) the train is almost a character,
Flame Over India/North West Frontier is excellent (game here
The General.
The Good, the Bad and The Weird is a favorite too, want to do a game of that.
The Train is certainly a war film, but more of a skirmish between Burt and the Nazi.
I have been thinking about Von Ryan's Express as a game too.

"Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" are just war movies with trains in them that get blown up. Likewise Duck You Sucker but good film.

Don't forget Young Winston's Boer War train sequence.

Personal logo Kaiju Doug Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2021 6:21 a.m. PST

How about the Horse Soldiers? The railroads were the object of the campaign.

JRR Tokin27 Oct 2021 5:00 a.m. PST

Back to the Future III

Taking of Pelham 123

scene at the end of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

alexpainter24 Nov 2021 6:31 a.m. PST

About Von Ryan's Express, it's a bit strange that they changed the ending, in the original novel Frank Sinatra's character survives, or so I read.

La Fleche29 Nov 2021 8:01 p.m. PST

I like 'The Cassandra Crossing'

art imitating a prediction of life post 2019?

List of Films Set On Trains:

Warspite103 Jan 2022 4:05 p.m. PST

The 1964 film The Train is all about a train – the Nazi Germans are using it to take stolen art out of France and the Resistance want to stop it.



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Kelly's Heroes!

Three Shermans shoot a German working party to bits at a railway station and the trundle off down the tracks playing "I've been working on the railroad" from loudspeakers.

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Nick Pasha04 Jan 2022 11:50 a.m. PST

The Train and Von Ryan's Express. Von Ryan's Express has special meaning for me for two reasons. When i was a kid back in 1964 we spent the summer in Italy and Sicily where my family comes from. We rode the trains along the same routes portrayed in the film. The second reason is I am a fan of Frank Sinatra.

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