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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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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
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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It's not a place ... it's a prize! See more »


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Box Office

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SEK 601,686 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The last names of the film's three main leads, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Keith Carradine, virtually all rhymed. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where they guy climbs up on the water tower to write "A#1 to Portland....", you can hear a diesel engine idling in the background. See more »

Quotes

Prairie Special engineer: They greased the rails, the goddamn tramps.
Prairie Special conductor: I don't give a damn if they're Democrats. Get this moving!
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Connections

Referenced in The Polar Express (2004) 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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Based on Jack London story
1 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

The credits of Aldrich's Emperor of the North don't mention the fact that it is an adaptation of Jack London's story 'The Road'.

The Road is a long short story/short novel, based on London's own experiences as a young man, riding the rails as a hobo. Most importantly, the central conflict between Borgnine's Shack and Marvin's A Number One, and the methods both use to overcome their enemy are very closely based on the Jack London story, in which a group of hobo's set out to ride the train on which a particularly brutal shack, or railway guard works.


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