Emperor of the North PG

If you can ride Shack's Train and Live - You'll be...
Emperor of the North
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DVD Features:

  • Feature commentary by noted fFilm historian Dana Polan
  • TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 1,430
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The movie itself isn't sure where the basic conflict lies. Is it between Marvin and Borgnine, or between Marvin and the young punk he travels with? Even in the movie's key fight scene this confusion remains. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Christopher Knopf's script is so arid, its dialogue so mountainous when silence would suffice, that we are very quickly lulled into a complete lack of interest. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Dec 31, 2019
I can't recall ever seeing Marvin better. He plays a man with no past, little future and a shaky present, his every word and gesture indicates larger reserves of feeling, held in abeyance for a better day and a world which may receive it. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Jul 22, 2019
Rating: B- -- Muscular. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 2, 2003
Rating: 3/4 -- Doesn't match the high-octane likes of such Aldrich efforts as The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard or even the offbeat, early-career twofer of The Big Knife and Ten Seconds to Hell, but it's a compelling piece of tough-guy strutting in a minimalist setting. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Sep 26, 2015
Rating: B -- One of the better movies about the Great Depression. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Jun 6, 2006
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The suspense of the film (which is so hugely violent that its PG rating is a mystery), is unrelenting and the performances first-rate.
New York Times
May 20, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

Oscar-winners Lee Marvin (The Wild One) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty) face off in an epic battle of wills in this riveting thriller "full of outrageous challenges, impossible predicaments and improbably escapes!" (The New York Times). Directed by Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen), and boasting "gripping, action-packed suspense [and] one of the most spectacular fights in a long time, Emperor Of the North is one helluva film!" (Genesis).

Set on the Pacific Northwest railways at the height of the Depression, Emperor Of the North pits a crafty, train-hopping drifter called A-No.1 (Marvin) against Shack (Borgnine), the cruel, bum-intolerant conductor of Engine 19. But when pride turns their determination into obsession, the clash escalates into a fight to the finish that only one man can survive!

Product Description:

Drawing inspiration from Jack London's adventures traveling with hobos aboard trains throughout the U.S., this gritty Depression-era drama features outstanding performances from Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine, and Ernest Borgnine. Shack (Borgnine) is a cruel railroad agent who makes it his personal mission to rid the world of hobos out for a free ride. Legendary tough-guy hobo A-1 (Marvin) vows to ride Shack's train to its destination and survive, which would earn him the title of "Emperor of the North Pole." A humorous game of cat-and-mouse ensues, complicated by the pesky presence of the dimwitted Cigaret (Carradine), who is determined to prove himself but instead just gets in the way.


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