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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

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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Francis D. Lyon (as Francis Lyon)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fess Parker ... James J. Andrews
Jeffrey Hunter ... William A. Fuller
Jeff York ... William Campbell
John Lupton ... William Pittenger
Eddie Firestone ... Robert Buffum
Kenneth Tobey ... Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan ... Marion A. Ross
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jacob Parrott
Harry Carey Jr. ... William Bensinger
Leonard P. Geer Leonard P. Geer ... J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
George Robotham George Robotham ... William Knight
Stan Jones Stan Jones ... Wilson Brown
Marc Hamilton Marc Hamilton ... John Wollam
John Wiley John Wiley ... John M. Scott
Slim Pickens ... Pete Bracken
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The Yonah was played by the replica Lafayette from the B&O Railroad Museum. The replica was built in 1924 for the Fair of the Iron Horse. The original Lafayette is at the Allegheny Portage Railroad Museum in Cresson, PA. See more »

Goofs

The coaches used in the film feature a duck bill style clerestory roof. While clerestory roof coaches existed in the 1860's they would have been of the monitor style. Furthermore, the Western and Atlantic Railroad was most likely still using the older style radial roof coaches in 1862. See more »

Quotes

[the General finally leaves Kingston Station after being stranded there for an hour]
Marion A. Ross: When I was a little boy, my father locked me in a closet for 14 hours. I always obeyed him after that, but I never *liked* him much.
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Alternate Versions

A shortened pan/scan-version was shown on danish and Swedish TV in the early/mid 90's. Interestingly when it was re run on Swedish TV shortly after the first airing, a complete letter-box formated copy was used. See more »


Soundtracks

Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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User Reviews

One of the most historically accurate movies to come out of Hollywood!
2 May 2000 | by shepherd-10See all my reviews

Finally, those of us who are railroad and civil war fans have an excellent widescreen version of this movie, with the release of The Great Locomotive Chase on DVD. While some of the details in the story line are not accurate history, Disney did a very good job. The trains even have link and pin couplers which are virtually never seen in movie accounts of the period.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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