Emperor of the North (1973)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama

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In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

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  • Ernest Borgnine in Emperor of the North (1973)
  • Ernest Borgnine in Emperor of the North (1973)
  • Lee Marvin in Emperor of the North (1973)
  • Lee Marvin in Emperor of the North (1973)
  • Keith Carradine and Lee Marvin in Emperor of the North (1973)
  • Keith Carradine in Emperor of the North (1973)

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22 October 2000 | vanwall
Best 'Bo movie ssince Beggars Of Life
When I first saw this movie, it was released as "Emperor of the North", although some of the early promos added "Pole' to the title. Since the top hobo of the old days was "Emperor of the North Pole", I assumed the studio wasn't sure if the average viewer would get the title. The literary character of A-number One, is based on a legendary hobo from the turn of the century, who was possibly real, as his graffiti 'A-1', or A-No-1, appeared regularly on water towers and bridges along the rails all over the USA. This film really gets the feel of a depression-era USA, and the conflict between Marvin and Borgnine is visceral and cunning, and the scene with the near-miss of the oncoming train has great tension. Carridine is great as a blowhard punk who might grow up to be something. This flick has an almost religious overtone of good versus evil. It also has a good feel for railroading, kinda like ""The Train"

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