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

PG  |   |  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
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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23 May 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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SEK 601,686 (Sweden)
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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

When the hobos are picking the switch lock, they are using lock picking tools that are used on tumbler locks and talking about tumblers. An Adlake switch lock of that design is a warded lock and does not have tumblers. See more »

Quotes

Shack: There's only one 'bo that's got the stuff to try me, and you ain't even on the list.
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Referenced in Life on Mars: Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster (2009) See more »

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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 Best Photographed Movies Ever
17 September 2003 | by (Boston,MA) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the finest photographed movies ever made. When you view this movie, you feel as though you are right there taking part in it. I have never felt this way about any other movie. Joseph Biroc was the best! The action in this movie is very real. Not like todays "special effects" that viewers crave. What happens here seems very real and un staged. When you have a good story to tell, you don't need gimmicks and "special effects". Of course having Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine as the 2 main stars helps. What actors alive today could match those two legends? They didn't need stunt doubles and stand ins! These were "real men".


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