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Man On the Train

  R HD Closed Captioning

Patrice Leconte

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Plot Summary

In this "elegantly polished film" (Richard Schickel, Time magazine), a mysterious stranger is the lone passenger disembarking from a train in a sleepy French village. His name is Milan (French rock icon Johnny Hallyday), a criminal intent on knocking over the local bank. Upon his arrival, he is befriended by Manesquier (acclaimed French actor Jean Rochefort), a retired poetry teacher. Through their unexpected friendship, both men come to realize they have been given the opportunity to look back on their lives--complete with dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams. At the same time, both are given the momentary chance to explore the road not taken. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Patrice Leconte (Monsieur Hire, Girl On The Bridge), the dazzling Man On The Train captivated audiences at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, where it won the coveted audience awards for both Best Picture and Best Actor (Rochefort).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 111
  • Fresh: 102
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Taps into the same emotional current that sustains the entire 'buddy picture' genre, but does so with feeling and unmistakable insight. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 30, 2003

Fresh: Patrice Leconte's fanciful odd-couple drama oozes flavorful, provincial atmosphere. – Jan Stuart, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: We come to like these two men and look forward to their interaction with a quiet anticipation. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 16, 2006

Fresh: [Leconte] directs as if he were enjoying the story bit by bit, and he is splendidly aided by his two principals. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


What a great movie! Engaging, thoughtful and well written. Great acting, just no down to it.


Exceptional movie. Best movie I saw in 2007 (even though it was filmed in 2003). Interesting without a lot of flash.

I would like iTunes to have more movies with Jean Rochefort in them.

Simply put... A MUST SEE. I loved this film. Great acting. Magnificent.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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