Emperor of the North (1973)
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"If you can ride Shack's train and live, you will be ""Emperor of the North""."
|In this gritty and violent period drama set in the depths of the Great Depression, Lee Marvin stars as A #1, the acknowledged King of the Hoboes. A #1 is famous among his fellow tramps for his ability to catch a ride on any train, no matter how risky the hop or dangerous the guards. He acts as a sort of mentor for Cigaret (Keith Carradine), a young hobo who brags that some day he'll surpass A #1 in his accomplishments. But neither has had the courage to ride a train guarded by Shack (Ernest Borgnine), an unusually sadistic railroad cop who will brutally beat or even murder any man who tries to catch a ride on his train. A #1 is determined that no one, not even Cigaret, is going to deny him his title, so taking his life in his hands, he and Cigaret hop a ride on Shack's train, and they are soon bearing the full brunt of his violent nature. Emperor of the North features superb location photography by Joseph F. Biroc and a fine supporting cast, including Charles Tyner, Simon Oakland, Elisha Cook, Jr., and Sid Haig. Mark Deming, All Movie GuideSystem Requirements:Running Time: 118 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE|
Editor's NoteDrawing inspiration from Jack London's adventures traveling with hobos aboard trains throughout the U.S., this gritty Depression-era drama features outstanding performances from Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine, and Ernest Borgnine. Shack (Borgnine) is a cruel railroad agent who makes it his personal mission to rid the world of hobos out for a free ride. Legendary tough-guy hobo A-1 (Marvin) vows to ride Shack's train to its destination and survive, which would earn him the title of "Emperor of the North Pole." A humorous game of cat-and-mouse ensues, complicated by the pesky presence of the dimwitted Cigaret (Carradine), who is determined to prove himself but instead just gets in the way.
Cast & Crew
|Christopher Knopf - Writer|
|Frank DeVol - Original Music By|
|Joseph Biroc - Cinematographer|
|Kenneth Hyman - Executive Producer|
|Michael Luciano - Editor|
|Robert Aldrich - Director|
|Stanley Hough - Producer|