Emperor of the North

1973

Action / Adventure / Drama / Thriller

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 4939

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Keith Carradine as Cigaret
Lance Henriksen as Railroad worker
Lee Marvin as A No. 1
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tdemos 9 / 10

Love trains? See this movie!

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 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!

Reviewed by rodrig58 10 / 10

An excellent film!

The truth is that I have not seen a Robert Aldrich's bad film, but only good and very good films: "Vera Cruz"(1954), "Kiss Me Deadly"(1955), "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?(1962), "The Dirty Dozen"(1967), "The Flight of the Phoenix"(1967), all these delighted with my childhood (except "Vera Cruz", I saw them at least twice). Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine are two of the best actors of all time, no comment. In this film they compete for themselves, these are probably their best roles. Marvin's scene with the cop and the stolen turkey is absolutely gorgeous when he tells the cop that the turkey is actually a dog that thinks now that he is a turkey and then Marvin asks the cop to bark. Only for that and it's worth watching. But the whole movie is exceptional. Exceptional is little said! Great is also the scene with the baptism on the river, with Marvin and the young who is sunk, played by actress Diane Dye, who is dressed in a transparent white cloth, and Marvin is staring at her visible boobs.

Reviewed by rsubber 10 / 10

See Lee Marvin's imperial performance...

Emperor of the North is an heroic film. They don't make too many like this one.

If you plan to watch it, do yourself a favor: plan to watch it twice.

Watch it once so you get the picture: a tramp named A No. 1 (Marvin) is a devil-may-care legendary figure in the hobo camps. He teaches a thing or three to the inexperienced Cigaret (Carradine). He challenges the thuggish railroad policeman, Shack (Borgnine), there's a supremely brutal fight on a rolling flatcar, the best 'bo wins, he finally rides Shack's "No. 19" to Portland, and, you guessed it, A No. 1 is the king of the road.

Sounds like a few of the "B" movies you've seen over the years?

All routinely imaginable stuff, but Marvin's imperial performance stirs the imagination.

Watch it again. Watch Mr. Marvin show you everything you ever wanted to know about classic heroism of the spirit. See him surpassing his impoverished circumstances to enjoy a rich life, embracing independence, rugged optimism, casually competent leadership, generous mentoring, and the dauntless strength of a Viking in mortal combat.

Finally, A No. 1 abandons the feckless Cigaret. "You had the juice, kid, but you didn't have the heart!"

A No. 1 rides off, northward, soaring, in high majesty, singing his victory.

American hobo. American hero. Emperor of the North.

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