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The Great Train Robbery (1903)

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.



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Uncredited cast:
A.C. Abadie ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
Bandit / Shot Passenger / Tenderfoot Dancer (uncredited)
George Barnes ...
Bandit Who Fires at Camera (uncredited)
Walter Cameron ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
John Manus Dougherty Sr. ...
Fourth Bandit (uncredited)
Little Boy (uncredited)
Shadrack E. Graham ...
Child (uncredited)
Frank Hanaway ...
Bandit (uncredited)
Adam Charles Hayman ...
Bandit (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ...
Trainman / Bandit (uncredited)
Marie Murray ...
Dance-Hall Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Snow ...
Little Girl (uncredited)


Among the earliest existing films in American cinema - notable as the first film that presented a narrative story to tell - it depicts a group of cowboy outlaws who hold up a train and rob the passengers. They are then pursued by a Sheriff's posse. Several scenes have color included - all hand tinted. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 1903 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le vol du grand rapide  »

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$150 (estimated)

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(TCM print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Tom London's film debut. He was cast in the role of the locomotive engineer, his real-life job. See more »


When the guard riding with the money in the baggage car is shot he throws his arms straight up in the air and falls to the floor with them extended. He was shot more then once, but while laying on the floor he holds his right arm up off the floor while his attackers search his body. Once they get up, he crosses his right arm across his face. See more »


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Action, Adventure in this Early Drama
14 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film was made in 1903 and was the longest one to date: twelve minutes. It has a clearly identifiable plot and this is that a band of four outlaws wreak havoc on two trains and the people on them. They are rather skilled criminals but, in the end, ... This movie is a must-see if you are interested in the dawn of the cinematographic age.

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