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Plot: 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. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 24 May 1973
... of the 70ies and one of the best movies of all the people involved in this project! Originally a project of Sam Peckinpah, it was then directed by director Bob ALDRICH, an equal to Sam, but not yet having gained the reputation he deserves. While Sam did much fewer movies than Robert and was a director, who was difficult to handle a real GENIUS! , Aldrich was easier to handle and did movies, which were less controversial, in other words: not as brutal as Sams. But that doesn't make him any less good director. He has a distinct style and the same appreciation for great tough dramas, <more>
just check out ULZANA'S RAID, for example.EMPEROR is probably his best movie, simply a must-see. I watched this the first time when I was a teenager and this did run in late-night TV of course, being still pretty brutal, this is nothing for prime-time, ha ha . I Liked the German title "EIN ZUG FÜR ZWEI HALUNKEN", but being less movie-educated 2 decades ago than I am today, I didn't expect much and just gave it a try. It was just AWESOME, I was so thrilled, that from that day I took all efforts needed to see as many from Aldrich's movies and lee Marvin's, of course as possible.MARVIN and BORGNINE play the roles of their lives and are possible the best imaginable actors for these roles although at the time the movie was made, you had a lot of great tough guys to choose from, while today you'd have real troubles finding any actors, who could believable play these roles - they're all weepies now , the script is tough and intelligent and although the movie runs for nearly 2 hours, it's never boring. When no action takes place and no movie needs to have only action-scenes, that gets boring within a quarter hour, just try THE ROCK to see how it should NOT be done , you have superb photography I agree with the guy describing this one as one of the best-photographed movies of all time and clever dialogue, pretty philosophical at times. The scenery is breathtaking, the battles tough and brutal and short: violence is usually an eruption, which happens fast and doesn't take long , the story great and the actors perfect! What more could one ask for?? A real winner all the way! Such a pity that directors like Peckinpah and ALDRICH are not among as anymore and today's movies can't hold up with such masterpieces, because they're mostly overpriced "blockbuster"-sh**, which try to appeal to everyone to cover their 50 to 100 million $ production budget and therefore have no real style and because today's directors simply can't do it as well as their ancestors could direct with 1 or 2 exceptions, maybe .Check this out, you won't be disappointed!
A terrific allegorical Depression-era period action yarn doozy (by Woodyanders)
Nothing gets my blood a boilin' somethin' hot more than watching a rugged, brutal, mighty manly man adventure yarn done with plenty of grit, style, and insight. This truly terrific allegorical Depression-era period action doozy concerning the legendary, almost mythical rivalry between train-jumping hobos and the railwaymen who went out of their way to keep these lowly bums in their bottom-rung-of-the-socioeconomic-ladder-place most definitely fits that particular bill with astonishing deftness. Lee Marvin rules the day with his customary effortless virile charm and cool, dry humor as <more>
A#1, the greatest of all train-hopping hobos who's rightfully revered as a god by his fellow dingy derelicts. Keith Carradine likewise holds his own as Cigarette, the brash punk tyro kid who Marvin teaches the basic hobo ropes to. Ernest Borgnine delivers a fierce, growly, volcanically hostile and quite intimidating portrayal of cruel, callous, "screw with me buster and I'll wipe the floor with your face" stomp-ass villainy as the Shack, an exceptionally mean and ferocious train conductor who would just love to clean A#1's clock but good. A#1 vows to do the seemingly impossible by riding the Shack's train all the way to Portland and living to tell the tale.The always on-target, sorely missed Robert Aldrich directs this engrossing story with his trademark tautly wound, very blunt and forceful sinewy élan. Christopher Knopf's meaty, deep-diggin' script offers a fascinating examination of man's desire to amount to something in life regardless of the station he holds, how status has to be earned here given a compelling old guard vs. the new generation spin thanks to the teacher and student relationship between Marvin and Carradine , the need for achievement, and the harsh victimization of the poor by the working class. Joseph Biroc's sharp cinematography gives the lush, verdant Oregon wilderness a lovely autumnal look. The fabulous supporting cast reads like a veritable who's who of 70's character actors: Charles Tyner, Matt Clark, Harry Caesar, Elisha Cook, Jr., Simon Oakland, Vic Tayback, Sid Haig, and even Lance Henrikson in a "blink and you'll miss him" uncredited bit part as a railroad worker. Marty Robbins heartily belts out the stupendously rousing theme song. And the final literal duel of the titans fight between Marvin and Borgnine -- these two really get down and dance a bloody boogie, tearing pieces out of each other's hides with chains, hammers, their own feet and bare hands, and even an enormous ax -- rates as the authentic gnarly article. It's without a doubt the greatest two ugly actors making themselves uglier in a very ugly knock-down, drag-out savage smack-down every filmed -- and an immensely satisfying conclusion to this simply sensational movie.
This movie is excellent for any rail fan or for the characters which remain in it. Lee Marvin who is known as a great actor my standards is that he is an okay actor does a role that makes you forget him as the actor, but he portrays A No-1, AKA The Emperor of the North Pole, as the greatest bum which Marvin quotes himself as being a bum that has ever ridin the rails.Ernest Borgnine who is considered a class B actor even though a lot of movies that he either second rolled in were Hollywood winners takes his role as a psychotic conductor that will kill any lowlife hobo scum that will try to <more>
ride his train.Keith Carradine, second in line out of the three Carradine Brothers, Plays the kid, smart mouth prick that thinks that he knows everything and pushes Marvin's buttons to the limits more than once during the film. Always trying to out do Marvin just to prove that he can do it as well if not better that him.But if you love trains, or are interested in how the life's of Hobo's and Railroad workers in the 1930's were like watch this film. Note..... 1. This film is only available on VHS as of this time.2. Just to point out that a hobo during the time of the depression was in fact a person looking for jobs and used the railroad as transportation but hobo's were in fact brutal killers, con men, and scum.
The 1970's were known for gritty, sometimes violent movies about cops and criminals You may remember classics like Serpico, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, the 7 Ups, The Dirty Harry movies . There were a few exceptions dealing with depression-era subjects Bonnie & Clyde, The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Days of Heaven and this mostly unknown and unsung masterpiece with the confusing title. I was just a teenager when this movie was released in theatres. There were no DVD's or VHS home releases back then . I caught just a few brief commercial promos on TV <more>
advertising "Emperor of the North Pole" and from that moment, I was hooked and had to see it. Then, in the flash of a weekend passing it was gone, yanked from the schedule at the local theatre. Perhaps it was considered too brutish in its violence or perhaps the misleading title "Emperor of the North Pole" kept audiences out of the theatre. There was further confusion for years afterwards when the reissue title came out as "Emperor of the North".I never did get to see it way back when, but it stayed in my memory and thankfully in the era of satellite dishes and 24 hour movie channels, it lives again for the world to see in all its glory.For those who love steam engine trains, this movie, along with "The Train" and "Danger Lights" is an absolute must see. Director Robert Aldrich having completed the acclaimed and commercially successful "The Dirty Dozen" just 6 years earlier had the resources, the artistic courage, and the benefit of working with two veteran Dirty Dozen actors Lee Marvin & Ernest Borgnine who just lock-on to their respective characters with perfection. The casting of this movie, especially the minor roles of all the bo's and the railroad men is superb. The cinematography is also fantastic and not only captures the beauty of Oregon, but a sense of the time and place of a depression-era story. Even the changing Oregon weather alternating rainy-foggy days, with bright sunshine, is depicted accurately . The viewer can actually feel the cold of the soaking rain as the two hobos ride the passenger car. The frequent violence is brutal but a necessary part of the tale. As for the story itself, the hobo's speak their own language in a kind of closed-society lyrical tongue that seems to be partially inspired by the depression era paintings of Thomas Hart Benton. It's not Shakespeare, but half the fun is trying to figure out what they are saying.The music track, although it mostly works for the movie, seems oddly out-of-place with the period depicted, as it has a definite 1960's elevator-beautiful music component, at times. Not that this takes away anything from the movie, however. Similar, out-of-the-era music exists in great movies like, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Ryan's Daughter.Even the effects soundtrack is a masterpiece of tight editing that greatly adds to the enjoyment of the movie. Listen to the whistle blowing of the opposing "mail train" slowly growing in intensity during the scene where the two trains are highballing it to a full head-on crash. Certainly one of the most frightening moments of any "train" picture. This is film-making at its best.Also appreciated... a subtle moment when a passenger train is pulling into the station and the viewer hears but does not see what might be typical comments from the passengers from a 1930's-era train. "The train only stops for a few minutes"..."I think I'll buy a newspaper", etc. Emperor of the North Pole is great movie and an absolute must see if you are a fan of vintage railroading, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Aldrich, or Keith Carradine. You won't be disappointed!
Nobody gets a free ride on this train! (by Spikeopath)
It's the great depression and the US is now home to many homeless hobos. Shack is a particularly nasty piece of work, devoid of any compassion for the homeless, he prides himself on not letting any one ride free aboard the train he conducts upon. But in the midst is hobo supreme, A No. 1, a man who is never afraid to take up a challenge, so along with Cigaret, a young wannabe legend, he sets about destroying Shack's reputation whilst furthering his own.Make no bones about it, Emperor Of The North Pole is unashamedly macho, director Robert Aldrich filling his picture with machismo <more>
beefcakes and molding a story of brawn versus brawn aboard the unlikely setting of a steam train journey. Boasting Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine both excellent as the twin main leads signals the films intent, yet the picture offers more than just egotistical bluster. We get a very engrossing feel of a most depressing time in history, a time when men wanted to be men but were struck down by misfortune. Some of the dialogue is very sharp, listen to Marvin's A No. 1's wry observations on the world and you know that this film has quite a bit to say.The other major thing to note is that some of the technical work is brilliant, the photography from Joseph F. Biroc is priceless, and some of the train sequences are feasts for the eyes. Aldrich's undervalued flair for action also comes to the fore here, from a near miss train crash to the defining confrontation between our two pit bull protagonists, it really is a most accomplished piece across the board. Even young Keith Carradine as Cigaret comes out with much credit, it would have been easy for him to have been lost under the sheer weight of the beef talent around him, but he holds his own and is integral to the picture's ultimate success.It's a difficult one to recommend with any great confidence because it has kind of got an acquired taste to it, but to me it remains one of the 70s hidden treasures. Simply put it's a film that I'm always going to have the utmost regard for. 9/10
It's a wonderfully strange film. I keep getting the feeling that it is an allegory for life itself - life is the train that keeps pulling us along, apathetic if we fall off; Shack represents Death; A no. 1 represents true, earthy experience, cunning and will power; Cigaret represents the cocky ignorance and unpreparedness of most men to the "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to" in life. The film reminds me, somewhat, of Henri-George Clouzot's masterful, "The Wages of Fear" 1953 . Both films are parables of the fight against existential insignificance.A <more>
no. 1 has a great dictate near the end of the bloody journey: "You ain't stoppin' at this hotel, kid. My hotel! The stars at night - I put 'em there. And I know the presidents - all of 'em. And I go where I damn well please. Even the chairman of the New York Central can't do it better. My road, kid, and I don't give lessons and I don't take partners. Your ass don't ride this train!" A no. 1 - or writer Christopher Knopf - is clearly trying to say something significant here: "The stars at night - I put 'em there" - that's a strange thing for a hobo to say. The characters are most definitely archetypes, so the story itself must surely be a parable. A no. 1 could possibly represent that intangible guiding hand that led man from the plains of Africa to the surface of the Moon - a hand that cannot be forced to reveal its secrets, like Cigaret tries to do through bluster, but it must be channelled carefully and without egotistical greed. "My road, kid, and I don't give lessons and I don't take partners" - in other words, you have to learn the skills of how to live through proxy, like the greasing of the tracks: A no. 1 teaches Cigaret - or tries to - without words how to control the speed of the train - life itself - and that is what we all strive for, but usually fail to attain in frustration.
When TCM was showing films concerning The Great Depression last month, I'm still wondering how this one didn't rate a viewing. Emperor Of The North Pole concerned people at the very bottom of the economic scale, the jobless hobos of which the Bible admonishes that the poor will always be with us. Just in those years they increased exponentially in the USA and around the World.They always seem to create their own societal pecking order, look at the Prince And The Pauper which records a society of the poor and the outlaw of which there wasn't much of a dividing line in Tudor <more>
England. Things haven't changed much in 400 years. In this society Lee Marvin is A-No.1, he's earned that by challenging all the train bosses for his right to thumb a ride on any train going anywhere in the 48 states.Years ago I remember reading a biography of Jack Dempsey who in his youth was a hobo like Marvin, probably one about Keith Carradine's age who rode the rails as you see Carradine and Marvin do. You met all kinds of conductors, some as mean as Ernest Borgnine, some who let you 'ride the rods' as you see how Marvin and Carradine ride on the underbelly of the train holding on to those control rods. Some really nice ones actually would let you ride in the comfort of a freezing freight car.But there's none as mean as Ernest Borgnine, the conductor known as Shack who boasts no one rides his train for free. He's not satisfied with just throwing them off after some roughing up. This film opens with him killing a hobo with a hammer he carries for the job and then throwing him off the train. Who's to know it's a homicide and who'll care if forensics would prove it? Is Marvin up to the challenge however both from Borgnine and from young Carradine who thinks he's tough enough to live in the hobo camps and ride the rails as well?For that you have to watch Emperor Of The North Pole. It's a fine depiction of life at the lowest levels in the Depression. Though Marvin does a fine job, I wonder if this film had been offered to Robert Mitchum? He was a Hollywood star who actually did live this existence in his late teens and early twenties. I really think Mitchum could have brought something special to A-No.1 that no other star could have.
I sat with my son and watched this movie the other day and I could see on his face during the intro he was ready to be disappointed. The intro music is crap that is reminiscent of the low budget films of the 70's. But I explained to my son that he should ignore the sound track because this is otherwise a really good movie. Afterwards he agreed that it really was a great movie and that the music was stupid.This is one of those films that really deserves to be considered among the best. It is definitely a mans movie, and I don't even remember seeing any women in it, but even my wife <more>
enjoyed it. There is no sex or sexual references, and the violence level, in my opinion, is reasonable. The characters are perfectly cast, and the dialog is, at times, poetic. In my opinion, they should re-release this movie with a new sound track. It deserves it.
Perhaps the best railroad movie of all time (by hatitus)
It's really too bad that this movie was done in the early seventies. As with many films of this time the cinematography seems a little cheesy and cheap. I have seen this quality in many other 70's films and I suppose the director was just following the times. Might have been OK then but it would have been much more watchable if done today. Of course, the railroad this was filmed on might not have been around to film today. Steam "short lines" are becoming quite rare.Lee Marvin is the whole movie. Borgnine was perfectly cast but maybe a bit too old for the physical aspects of <more>
his behavior to be believed. Of course, the same could be said for Marvin too. I don't like Carridine. Never did. Like him or not, this movie was perfect for him. It needed an actor who could play a retarded prick and he was perfect. I like him in this film.The railroad set was as good a look at old time depression era railroading as you will ever see. Everything from the scenes in the roundhouse to filling the tender from the water tower creates the aura of a by gone age. In those days every town had a hobo camp and the one depicted in the film is very typical. The screenplay may be guilty of stretching the truth a little it's not likely a policeman would have been forced to crow like a chicken and no hobo would ever have gotten away with harassing a train crew but all in all the drama is suitable for the theme and it doesn't spoil the movie.Great movie! Watch it...you'll learn something.