Emperor of the North

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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


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202439456
UPC 024543242147
UPC 14 00024543242147
Format DVD
Release Date 6/6/2006
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 2397
Editors Note
Note Drawing 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.
Robert Aldrich
Lee Marvin
Ernest Borgnine
Keith Carradine
Cast & Crew
Charles Tyner - Actor
Christopher Knopf - Writer
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Frank DeVol - Original Music By
Joseph Biroc - Cinematographer
Keith Carradine - Actor
Kenneth Hyman - Executive Producer
Lee Marvin - Actor
Michael Luciano - Editor
Robert Aldrich - Director
Stanley Hough - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 2234214
UPC 00024543242147
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.55:1
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Marvin,Lee
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Emperor of the North begins with a straightforward premise that seems ideal for an action movie

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