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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 8 June 1956 (USA)
During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

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J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
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William Knight
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John Wollam
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John M. Scott
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Pete Bracken
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This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!


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8 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,700,000, 31 December 1956
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Morgan Woodward. See more »

Goofs

The locomotive "William R. Smith" which Fuller commanded to recapture the General from Kingston was from the Rome Railroad, not the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The real William R. Smith's tender has the word "Rome R.R." See more »

Quotes

William Pittenger: [Narrating about James J. Andrews] James J. Andrews was a man of mystery as befitted his location. Though in reality a Union Spy, he was trusted throughout the South as a blockade runner. It was typical that even now as he neared our lines he was riding a horse he had borrowed from the Confederates.
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A western, Disney style
20 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Westerns are generally concerned with shootouts btw desperadoes and law-abiding officers. It is no secret the westerns gave us the terms "the man in white" and the "man in black" to correspond to its basic colloquialism. But this is Disney making this movie, and so in such, we get a History lesson in the form of the Western. It's about the first men to win the congressional medal of honor. It is also about an army offensive that failed. Those Northern boys failed to get the better of the Johnny Rebs in this civil war tale. Fess Parker, he of the brimstone and iron voice, you know, that Gregory Peck way of manly speaking speaking that has totally disappeared from movies today and society in general - except maybe in the Midwest leads the Dirty dozenish crew who are to destroy the railway lines and communication system of the South so that the North can perform their beta version of D-Day. Pesky Jeffrey in a fine stone-walled performance picks up chase as they steal his train for this mission. In this movie, failure isn't really failure but success. The chase is the thing but not the thing and heroics are measured in a leader that his crew consider cowardly. Sharp writing and character is the star of this Disney opus. All in all, a fine western, a fine movie.


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