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The General


Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley View All


Clyde Bruckman (Director), Buster Keaton (Director), Clyde Bruckman (Screenplay), Buster Keaton (Screenplay) View All

Released: Jan. 17th, 1927
Runtime: 1 hour, 19 minutes
During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's (Buster Keaton's) beloved locomotive The General and he single-handedly must do all in his power to get it back. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story is based on actual historic events.
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Making the audience laugh at someone's actions and at the same time feel empathy for him/her is not easy to pull off. Thus, the humor comes from the above reason of why the characters and scenes are not one-dimesional.
Holden Pike
Just brilliant physical gag after brilliant physical gag, many of them performed on actual moving trains.