||In honor of Titanic, a tribute to the movies great mode of transportation. No, trains.
Forget ocean liners. Hitchcock knew that trains were the best moving setting for a thrillerclassy yet democratic, speedy yet relaxed, big...yet claustrophobic when youre on the run. Here are some train movies worth running to catch:
Sleeping Car To TriesteA spy double-crosses his colleagues, and then they all end up on the train together. Every time you think you know where this 1948 British thriller is going, it pulls the rug out from under you and its chesspiece-characters... all the way to a real jawdropper of an ending.
The Narrow MarginCement-mixer-voiced Charles McGraw (above) is the cop escorting Mob witness Marie Windsor (one of those B movie actresses who looks like shes in her lingerie even fully dressed)but theres a twist here that proves that people were using low-rent stars for their icon value decades before Quentin Tarantino discovered Pam Grier and Robert Forster.
The TrainBurt Lancaster is the French Resistance leader trying to blow up a German trainwhich we know is full of looted Picassos and Van Goghs. Class actors like Paul Scofield and gritty black and white location filming make this 1965 thriller a James Bond movie that wants to be Schindlers List.
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