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Emperor of the North (1973)

Emperor of the North Pole (original title)
In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

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Cast

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Cracker
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Hogger
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Policeman
Harry Caesar ...
Coaly
Hal Baylor ...
Yardman's Helper
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Yardlet
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Gray Cat (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Di Reda ...
Dinger (as Joe di Reda)
Liam Dunn ...
Smile
Diane Dye ...
Girl in Water
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Conductor
Jim Goodwin ...
Fakir (as James Goodwin)
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Storyline

It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train. Written by Brian Peterson calyooper@email.com

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Lee Marvin & Ernest Borgnine meet in the fight of the century. See more »


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24 May 1973 (USA)  »

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Emperor of the North  »

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$3,705,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah replaced Martin Ritt as director. Then, Robert Aldrich replaced Sam Peckinpah. Martin Ritt was originally slated to direct but was fired from the production. Sam Peckinpah was approached next but he couldn't agree with the producers on money. The project was then offered to, and accepted by, Robert Aldrich, who had previously directed the film's two top-billed leads, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, in The Dirty Dozen (1967) around six years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The film gives dates in late October of 1933 (hobos writing on the water towers). However the Willamette Valley, Oregon setting shown extensively in the movie indicates midsummer. The sun's angle is high and the deciduous trees are quite green, yet the grass is dry yellow which would make it more like mid July. See more »

Quotes

A no. 1: Steers got horns, kid. You don't.
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Connections

Referenced in Pen Pals (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man and a Train
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Frank De Vol
Sung by Marty Robbins
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Sadistic yard bull takes on the King of the Road
20 February 2002 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Ernest Borgnine was superb as the murderous railroad agent intent on keeping a legendary hobo off his train. Lee Marvin gave one of his best performances as A#1, the hobo's hobo, who is equally set on riding the rails on Borgnine's unrideable #19. Keith Carradine almost stole the show as a useless, me first punk out to prove his manhood in the harsh hobo camps. Very realistic looking sets and the entire film captured the flavor of the depression era perfectly. 4 stars.


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