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  • Actors: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMVH04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An express train from Paris to occupied post-war Germany holds a group of international passengers, at least some of whom are more than they seem. A Nazi plot to assassinate a German peace campaigner Dr Bernhardt en route threatens an important conference. A Frenchwoman, Lucienne recruits 4 fellow passengers to help find the missing man. As time runs out, the five must comb the shadowy ruins of bombed-out Frankfurt, to uncover a loyalist Nazi spy ring with few clues to help them...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Like the curate's egg, parts of Berlin Express are excellent. But the other parts? Be prepared for conscientious lectures, conventional and dull, about how life might be for us all if the U.S., Britain, France and the Soviets could work together and be jolly doing it. Divided Germany right after WWII is the subject, but we get the idea: We all just need to be friends. An anonymous narrator keeps telling us this, as well as pointing out what we're already seeing. It's no accident, I think, that Dore Schary supervised the making of this movie. If there was any possibility of pounding inspiring messages into an otherwise good movie, Schary was the producer with the mallet.

Imbedded like those old-time prizes in clumps of stale, sticky Cracker Jack are the good parts. These are worth digging for. We're in the middle of a Nazi plot to keep the victors from working together, all to better the chances of these grubby but dangerous survivors of the Third Reich to divide and conquer. The humane Dr. Bernhardt, a German who opposed Hitler and survived, is on a mission from Paris to Berlin by train to address an international conference on his plans for a unified and democratic Germany. There's a plot to kill him. When a grenade on a snack tray goes off in Dr. Bernhardt's compartment...is it good-bye, Dr. Bernhardt?

Four travelers on the train, strangers to each other, find themselves thrown together with Lucienne (Merle Oberon), the doctor's secretary, to find out what really happened. There's Robert Lindley (Robert Ryan), an agricultural expert from the U. S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2009
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'Berlin Express' may not have much of a reputation, but it's one of Jacques Tourneur's best thrillers. Virtually none of it takes place on the Berlin Express, with the majority of the film shot on location in the awe-inspiring ruins of an almost totally destroyed post-war Frankfurt where Robert Ryan teams up with an Allies-in-microcosm group of companions including unflatteringly shot Frenchwoman Merle Oberon (sporting the film's worst accent by far) and Brit Robert Coote (who thankfully doesn't even attempt a Liverpool accent) to find Paul Lukas' kidnapped politician and save him from die-hard Nazi fanatics. Great moments abound, from the Paris opening where a carrier pigeon is shot, then nearly given a formal burial in the shadow of Montmatre's Sacre Couer by children before reaching maman's kitchen table to reveal a coded message, to Robert Ryan literally finding himself trapped in a barrel in bombed out brewery.

Great production line entertainment that demonstrates just how good studio product could be when you got the formula right, this is a trip well worth taking. The French PAL DVD from Editions Montparnasse boasts a very good good transfer and removable French subtitles.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2010
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Berlin Express may not have much of a reputation, but it's one of Jacques Tourneur's best thrillers. Virtually none of it takes place on the Berlin Express, with the majority of the film shot on location in the awe-inspiring ruins of an almost totally destroyed post-war Frankfurt where Robert Ryan teams up with an Allies-in-microcosm group of companions including unflatteringly shot Frenchwoman Merle Oberon (sporting the film's worst accent by far) and Brit Robert Coote (who thankfully doesn't even attempt a Liverpool accent) to find Paul Lukas' kidnapped politician and save him from die-hard Nazi fanatics. Great moments abound, from the Paris opening where a carrier pigeon is shot, then nearly given a formal burial in the shadow of Montmatre's Sacre Couer by children before reaching maman's kitchen table to reveal a coded message, to Robert Ryan literally finding himself trapped in a barrel in bombed out brewery.

Great production line entertainment that demonstrates just how good studio product could be when you got the formula right, this is a trip well worth taking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Miao on 12 Nov. 2011
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A great story with a great cast. The type of film which could not be made now due to there being no special effects. A must for anyones B&W film collection and to be watched on a wet Sunday afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Donald Hill on 16 Sept. 2012
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This is something I`d been after for a while. I know Frankfurt quite well and was told this d v d showed it post second world war when it was an absolute mess, so was keen to have sight of both periods in it`s history. It does not disappoint.
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Well constructed, directed and acted throughout. Shows what can be done in B&W and without the distraction of an overdone "musical" score. Made just three years following the official closure on WW2, the makers were able to use locations at Berlin and Frankfurt that demonstrate to stark effect the destruction from aerial bombing and occupation. Good to see Robert Ryan playing a good guy too!

I cannot agree with your 2 star reviewer. There is much of value to be gained from watching this film which attempts to shine a ray of hope for human cooperation and understanding in a world that continues to be at war with itself.

Both visual and sound are of clear, good quality.
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