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Man on the Train (2011)

Donald Sutherland , Larry Mullen Jr. , Mary McGuckian  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Larry Mullen Jr., Paula Boudreau
  • Directors: Mary McGuckian
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064NLP1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A superb remake of Patrick Leconte s 2002 film, Man on the Train is a scrumptiously literate character drama...a ripe illumination, buoyed by the sterling lead performances of Sutherland and Mullen. --The Hollywood Reporter

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A superb remake of the original French film by Patrick Leconte, this literate, slow-burn drama focuses on a transformative friendship that emerges between a sheltered professor (Donald Sutherland) and a laconic career criminal (Larry Mullen, Jr.)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise November 4, 2012
I knew nothing about the film, picked it up out of curiousity, and was pleasantly surprised. This is a character study about two very different men whose lives intersect. A criminal arrives in a small town in the days leading up to a heist, and meets a retired professor. The two get to know each other, finding themselves envious of the choices the other has made. Donald Sutherland is, as always, outstanding in anything he does, and his professor, settled into a peaceful retirement, seems bored with his life. Larry Mullen Jr., who usually plays the drums for U2, is surprisingly good as the hard man having doubts about the path he's taken. The film takes its time and moves at a slow pace towards its conclusion, but sometimes that's a very good thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Larry Mullen Jr. and Donald Sutherland play 2 men whose lives have been about longing and missed opportunities. They become fascinated with each other's life and choices. It is in large part a conservation, a duet, a dance between 2 people who are unable to see their own talents or what they could have been. It is mesmerizing to watch Larry Mullin Jr. play the role of a thief. He is much better known as being the founder of the Irish rock band U2 and it's drummer. He certainly holds his own against the legendary Donald Sutherland. This is a remake of a French film and it is a delight to watch. It is a character driven plot full of nuance and observation. It is about who we become versus who we are. It is about the road not taken, the choices we make, and the longing to be who we could have been. Excellent !!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second-by-second remake March 25, 2013
THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (2011) stars Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen, Jr., respectively billed only as the old poetry 'professor' and the middle-aged bank robber with a poet's soul (billed as 'thief'). It is a remake of the great 2002 French original The Man on the Train ("L'homme du train"), the original starring the immortal Jean Rochefort as Professor Manesquier and singer Johnny Hallyday as the bank robber Milan.

In this remake, I can only say with relief that it appears to be set in Canada, since it was wholly filmed there, and works better that way. In my view only Europeans of a certain character could pull off a film like this - never Americans, not as written - and this "Sutherland version" is a scene-by-scene, line-by-line remake. So in that sense, at least it does no damage to the original in any way.

Mullen's Irish brogue is certainly not hidden, and he oozes a sort of gay charm that I didn't ever perceive in Hallyday's original creation. In the original film, for example, Hallyday is simply a fellow man admiring the professor. In this version, Mullen gives strong indications that he is in love with Sutherland's professor. It isn't a bad idea, they didn't pursue it, that's life.

Surely viewers who know the original film will be puzzled as to why Mullen is made up to resemble Hallyday precisely, down to the goatee and wardrobe, and is indeed a singer in real life as Hallyday is. Those who were privileged to see the original will recognize the vitality of the slippers the professor gives the robber, and how all that is strangely missing here. Perhaps Sutherland doesn't like doing scenes about slippers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad October 21, 2012
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This was an interesting American remake, but the original French film was far superior, in my opinion--get that one instead.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm not entirely sure that Patrice Laconte's fascinating and contemplative "L'homme du train" from 2002 was begging for an American interpretation, but nevertheless, Mary McGuckian has adapted that film's screenplay for this English language version of "The Man on the Train." I'm generally wary of remakes on principle alone. If the second version can bring something new to the project or appeal to a wider (or different) audience, then sometimes it can make sense. But when both versions target the same demographic, the remake becomes rather pointless. This movie's art house aesthetic and chamber piece vibe are certainly not for everyone. Many of the same people who seek this film out will be fans of the original, and the comparison will not really do the new movie any favors. In truth, "The Man on the Train" is still somewhat noteworthy, especially for Donald Sutherland back in a leading role. It just strikes me as relatively unnecessary as well.

If you know nothing of either film, don't get too wrapped up in descriptions that might have you believe there are elements of a thriller here. While one of the characters is a thief and a crime is committed, that has less to do with the central themes of "The Man on the Train" than you can possibly imagine. This is a talky piece that brings two disparate souls together (rather unnaturally, I might add) for a series of conversations. Sutherland plays a retired professor in an unnamed small town. Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2's drummer) plays an itinerant thief in town for a bank heist. Mullen has a crew we see every once in a while who barely register as significant plot points and no explanation is ever offered why this group would be in this pathetic little burg. But that's secondary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie
I picked up this movie just because I am a HUGE U2 fan and I love LMJr. This being his first acting gig, he did amazingly well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathy Maldonado
3.0 out of 5 stars Second-by-second remake
THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (2011) stars Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen, Jr., respectively billed only as the old poetry 'professor' and the middle-aged bank robber with a poet's soul... Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Man On a Train
A very good serious film.The story is enchanting and the acting of the two main actors is excellent. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ranjit
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
Larry Mullen Jr.
That's the drummer for U2.
He did well and I didn't even recognize him.
I love bank robbery movies. I don't know why. I just do. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
Not the greatest movie ever made, but a good yarn. Sutherland is always good. The movie has many long, quiet scenes which drag it down a bit, but I'm glad i bought it.
Published 16 months ago by Snowbird in Kentucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
This movie is about two men that are opposites in life that form a bond. How each reflects on the choices they have made and how they see the merit in the life of the other. Read more
Published 22 months ago by TopDog
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Well-Acted Film
This is surely one of Donald Sutherland's better performances, and all the more so considering the limited depth of the vehicle. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Passing Trains....
If you think that particular comments about films constitute "spoilers," please read no further....

Seemingly by chance, the lives of a retired professor and a traveling... Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by Joseph P. Tevington
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