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The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Western  |  1 December 1903 (USA)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
A.C. Abadie ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
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Bandit / Shot Passenger / Tenderfoot Dancer (uncredited)
George Barnes ...
(uncredited)
Justus D. Barnes ...
Walter Cameron ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
John Manus Dougherty Sr. ...
Fourth Bandit (uncredited)
...
Little Boy (uncredited)
Frank Hanaway ...
Bandit (uncredited)
Adam Charles Hayman ...
Bandit (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ...
(uncredited)
Marie Murray ...
Dance-Hall Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Snow ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Western

Certificate:

TV-G

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Release Date:

1 December 1903 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le vol du grand rapide  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(hand-colored)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film uses simple editing techniques (each scene is a single shot) and the story is mostly linear (with only a few "meanwhile" moments) but it represents a significant step in movie making, being one of the first "narrative" movies. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy is thrown from the train. 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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