Absolutely OUTSTANDING film, one of the my favourites from this genre. The sadly, recently deceased Paul Scofield ("My ticket to Germany!"), steals the show but only just from an equally outstanding and masterly understated performance from Burt Lancaster who plays the disgruntled and weary French rail employee to a tee.
Fine acting all round, tremendous action sequences and suspense and arguably one of the great conclusions to any war film (up there with 'The Bridge on the River Kwai').
The script was deservedly nominated for an Oscar, not a word is wasted and conveys man's humanity/inhumanity and aspiration for a better world in cold, clear and stark terms.
This film is a major achievement for Frankenheimer and moves at pace from the get-go. It is an absolute must for anyone seeking a collection of outstanding films.