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Emperor of the North (1973)
"Emperor of the North Pole" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  23 May 1973 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cigaret
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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
Robert Foulk ...
Conductor
James Goodwin ...
Fakir
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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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23 May 1973 (USA)  »

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Emperor of the North  »

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Box Office

Gross:

SEK 601,686 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was set in Oregon in 1933. The movie was first released in 1973 thereby making it exactly forty years after the events depicted in the movie were set. See more »

Goofs

The train highballs it out of the yard in the fog and gets sent into a siding. After backing out to resume on the main line, Shack throws the switch in the wrong direction (back into the siding). See more »

Quotes

Groundhog: [as Shack is highballing in the yard] That's great! Faster, FASTER!
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Connections

Referenced in Paranoid Park (2007) 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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One of the great unsung films of the 1970's
22 May 1999 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Robert Aldrich was one of the most interesting American directors of the last 40 years. He moved with relative ease between genres and told his stories in a direct, honest style. This film is one of the unsung gems of the seventies, part adventure film, part social drama, part road movie.

Set during the depression when riding the rails was a way of life for desperate men (and women), the film follows three characters - Lee Marvin, as Number One, a legend among the grizzled hobos congregating along the rail lines; Ernest Borgnine as Shack, the sadistic conductor perfectly willing to do whatever necessary to keep free loaders off his trains; and a young Keith Carradine as Two-Bit, a novice full of bluster and false bravado out to make a name for himself. Marvin takes the kid under his wing; their relationship is part adversarial, as the weary elder tries to educate the fool how to survive on the line. Looming in the background is Borgnine, out to do his job at any cost. Ultimately a wager is made, and Marvin will put his life on the line to best Borgnine and show he is the Emperor of the North.

At times it's a very brutal film - the final confrontation between Marvin & Borgnine is one of the toughest, nastiest fights ever photographed - but it is splendidly made and endlessly fascinating.


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