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La Bete Humaine is a good train movie. The importance of the train to the story is evoked right from the beginning where Jean Gabin, an engineer, is seen in an extended shot of a train leaving the station. Some dandy cab shots are lingered over, a real treat for train buffs, or just about any of us. To a lesser extent, Human Desire with Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, which was based on the same story (Zola), is the train made into an actual "character" of the story. But my memory of this latter is no longer green.

I just had my first viewing of HUMAN DESIRE, which stars Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame (a great noir femme fatalle) and Broderick Crawford (who plays the bad guy heavy of course).  I would say this is a good noir (maybe a hair above average due to the actors performances ) and trains are the backdrop for most all of the action. Some great 50's period railroad footage here and some great scenes take place on a passenger train, including  a couple of killings on board (just what you would expect on a noir).  This is a Colombia film so I would expect it's reasonably accessible to TCM.

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Not unless you bedded her.

 

Hey!  Didn't you only say "TRY" to pick up a girl on the 405?!

 

Sounds to me like you're now tryin' to redefine your earlier question here, dude!

 

(...that's okay, I understand...you're just preoccupied with worry right now about that dude from Rome comin' to Philly and disrupting your normal daily schedule, aren't ya!)

 

LOL

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Hey!  Didn't you only say "TRY" to pick up a girl on the 405?!

 

Sounds to me like you're now tryin' to redefine your earlier question here, dude!

 

(...that's okay, I understand...you're just preoccupied with worry right now about that dude from Rome comin' to Philly and disrupting your normal daily schedule, aren't ya!)

 

LOL

Not just me. Even the Catholics in Philly are mad.

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We have the President of China visiting Seattle tomorrow, so I get to feel that same frustration.  Looking forward to it.

 

Hey Eugenia, is it true what I hear that in preparation for this guy's visit there they've already placed a big sign in front of that signature structure of your fair city that reads:

 

"Sorry dude. The Space Needle is not for sale at the moment! We do still have SOME pride left in this country, ya know!"   ???

 

;)

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Hey Eugenia, is it true what I hear that in preparation for this guy's visit there they've already placed a big sign in front of that signature structure of your fair city that reads:

 

"Sorry dude. The Space Needle is not for sale at the moment! We do still have SOME pride left in this country, ya know!"   ???

 

;)

They will be playing David Bowie's "China Girl" through loudspeakers as his limo is escorted down Seattle's main drag.

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Hey Eugenia, is it true what I hear that in preparation for this guy's visit there they've already placed a big sign in front of that signature structure of your fair city that reads:

 

"Sorry dude. The Space Needle is not for sale at the moment! We do still have SOME pride left in this country, ya know!"   ???

 

;)

 

The news coming over the radio says, in anticipation of traffic, "If you can work from home the next few days, we encourage you to do so."  Ugh...

 

Yeah, leave our Space Needle alone. ;)

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..and if you can fast for the next few days, we encourage you to do so.

 

The supermarkets are being raided as we speak from panicked Seattle-ites.  Those who already have their Starbucks coffee-makers at home don't need to worry as much...

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A suspenseful train trip to Berlin in the 1930s is a key element in the 1977 drama "Julia," in which Jane Fonda portrayed the playwright Lillian Hellman. Fred Zinnemann's film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Oscars went to Jason Robards and Vanessa Redgrave for their supporting performances.

 

 

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A suspenseful train trip to Berlin in the 1930s is a key element in the 1977 drama "Julia," in which Jane Fonda portrayed the playwright Lillian Hellman. Fred Zinnemann's film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Oscars went to Jason Robards and Vanessa Redgrave for their supporting performances.

 

 

 

A suspenseful train trip to Berlin in the 1930s is a key element in the 1977 drama "Julia," in which Jane Fonda portrayed the playwright Lillian Hellman. Fred Zinnemann's film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Oscars went to Jason Robards and Vanessa Redgrave for their supporting performances.

 

 

Has anyone mentioned subway/elevated trains, which play a prominent role in THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE TAKING OF THE PELHAM 1-2-3.

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Has anyone mentioned subway/elevated trains, which play a prominent role in THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE TAKING OF THE PELHAM 1-2-3.

 

The original version, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), was mentioned earlier. Here's the 2009 Denzel Washington-John Travolta edition, titled "The Taking of Pelham 123."

 

 

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Trains are an important means of transportation in "Bound for Glory," Hal Ashby's 1976 film biography of the great American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie (portrayed by David Carradine). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It won for Best Cinematography (Haskell Wexler) and Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score (Leonard Rosenman).

 

The four other films nominated for Best Picture that year: "Rocky" (which won), "All the President's Men," "Network" and "Taxi Driver."

 

 

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"A Minute's Wait" is the second episode of John Ford's three-part anthology film about Ireland, "The Rising of the Moon (1957). Adapted from a 1914 one-act comedy by Martin J. McHugh, this story is about what happens to the colorful passengers and crew of a train that makes a "brief" stop at the Dunfaill station. Not surprisingly, almost everyone heads for the station's pub.
 

 

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Dame Maggie Smith received the third of her six Academy Award nominations for her performance in "Travels with My Aunt" (1972). She plays the colorful Augusta Bertram, who drags her nephew Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) on an emergency trip to Istanbul on the Orient Express. The comedy, based on the 1969 novel by Graham Greene, was directed by George Cukor.

 

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In the well-regarded 1985 action film "Code of Silence," Chuck Norris plays a plainclothes Chicago cop who tries to protect a gang leader's daughter (Molly Hagan) on an elevated train. The picture was directed by Andrew Davis, who later helmed the Steven Seagal films "Above the Law" (1988) and "Under Siege" (1992). He also directed Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in the 1993 big-screen version of "The Fugitive." 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mm8SR3ijvI

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Steve McQueen's last film , THE HUNTER, has a very good chase sequence on an elevated train .  I believe that part  was filmed in Chicago.

 

Yes, the elevated train sequence in THE HUNTER was shot on a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) el train. The route that the train takes during the sequence  is completely illogical to anyone familiar with the CTA el ("L") system, but it is very effective visually.

Some parts of the sequence are included in the trailer below.

The movie also features a great car chase sequence through the parking garage in one of the Marina City towers, which culminates with a car exiting the tower and plummeting into the Chicago River.

 

 
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