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YMMV / The Train

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  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Except for one brief rear-projection shot, there are no visual effects in this film. None. The bombing of the rail yard? The railroad company wanted to change its rail gauges there, and John Frankenheimer offered to blow the whole thing up for them. They used tons of TNT and gasoline. The art train barely making it out of the bombing? Real. The stunt work? Burt Lancaster running to catch the train and jumping on, and Albert Remy jumping in between two moving rail cars and uncoupling them? Real. Planes flying over, cruising at less than a hundred feet? Real. A steam train derailing, and a full-sized steam locomotive crashing into another full-sized locomotive at full speed? Real.