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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Fess Parker , Jeffrey Hunter , Francis Lyon  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton, Eddie Firestone
  • Directors: Francis Lyon
  • Writers: Lawrence Edward Watkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZTNF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Locomotive Chase" on IMDb

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After commandeering a Confederate locomotive, heroic Yankee soldiers known as the Andrews Raiders try to bring about an early end to the Civil War by crippling the Southern railroad network. But their efforts are hampered by the unrelenting bravery of a single Rebel patriot.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Civil War Adventure June 6, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's been many years since I had seen "The Great Locomotive Chase", and it was a real pleasure to watch it again. With so many other reviews, I don't think I need to summarize the plot.

Anchor Bay, as usual, has given us a DVD that is beautiful to look at, with only a few areas where the age of the film is apparent. This is widescreen and I can't imagine watching this film any other way. The sound is pretty much what you would expect for a 1956 release.

Fess Parker and Jeffrey Hunter are fine as the lead protagonists, with Jeff York also registering as one of Andrews' Raiders who would rather fight, than follow the "cloak and dagger" routine. Of course, York played Mike Fink--"King of the River"--opposite Fess Parker's Davy Crockett.

This movie is a dream for railroad buffs--old steam trains still provide a thrill for many people. It is also noteworthy for people interested in the civil war, being based on actual events, although I suspect history scholars might find it too superficial. However, the purpose of this movie is to entertain fans of all ages--not to get bogged down in too much detail.

Parents should find this movie a delight to watch with their children, especially young boys. The plot is not complicated--there is plenty of action--and while shots are fired, and some fists fly, there is none of the more graphic violence that today's films seem to wallow in.

Like other reviewers, I would have liked some "extras". Comments from Fess Parker--now a successful California wine-maker--added a lot to Disney's Davy Crockett collection. Mr. Parker's memories of this film would have been a nice plus. Sadly, Jeffrey Hunter passed away at a young age, during the 1960s.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie, Questionable Disney April 21, 2005
The movie is outstanding. Fess Parker and the rest turn in excellent performances. This exciting story is based on the true to life incident that took place during the Civil War. From what I have heard there were only a couple minor changes in the recreation of the story. Walt Disney made wonderful movies during the Fifties and Sixties that were great for the whole family to enjoy together. I am ecstatic they are now releasing these movies to DVD. My only complaint is that there seems to be an issue with quantity instead of quality. They seem more interested in releasing a great number of movies than worrying about the condition of them. Now I'm am as anxious as the next person to get all their live action movies out but I hope they start taking the time to realize they need to monitor the quality control. I don't need the extras on this first release. Once they have released all the movies they use to run on "The Wonderful World of Disney" then they can go back and do Platinum Editions. I will be satisfied with just the movie since there are so many more they need to release like "Dr. Syn, alias Scarecrow" and "The Swamp Fox" that I can be satisfied with just the basics but I want the movie to have sharp picture and sound quality. Some of the recent live action movies have been great quality (e.g. Three Lives of Thomasina) and some have been poor (e.g. "The Journey of Natty Gann). I hope someone from Disney is paying attention to Amazons reviews because if they don't they may find their DVDs aren't selling so well. Fortunately this DVD picture and sound quality are nicely restored. There are no extra features.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great locomotive chase plus a daring prison break June 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The story of Andrew's Raiders and their adventures during the Civil War had served as the basis for Buster Keaton's classic silent comedy "The General." In 1956 Walt Disney produced a more serious and more historically accurate account with the studio's new star Fess Parker as James J. Andrews. A Union spy, Andrews puts together a group of volunteers who will pretend they are on their way to join the Confederate army, board a passenger train, and steal it. However, once they succeed in stealing a train they have to put up with its conductor, William A. Fuller (Jeffrey Hunter), who pursues them so relentlessly that you end up forgetting he is not the hero of this particular story. Despite all the obstacles they through as their pursuer, such as uncoupling a car to send rolling back at the other train and burning another car in the middle of a bridge, Andrews and his men are finally forced to abandon the train. However, they are all captured and now have to plot a daring escape from the Confederate stockade.
"The Great Locomotive Chase," directed by Francis D. Lyon, was filmed in beautiful county in northern Georgia on tracks that paralleled the actual route taken by the Andrews Raiders. You want to make sure you pick up the widescreen version that reflects the original CinemaScope proportions becuse there are several shots that take full advantage of the larger dimensions. What is most impressive about Lawrence E. Watkin's screenplay is not just the lengthy chase sequence but the fact that the Confederate conductor comes across as much of a hero as the Andrews himself. Whether you are an enthusiast of trains and/or a Civil War buff, this is an enjoyable film. Get a hold of "The General" and do a double-feature!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie of a true story
Great movie of a true story. A bit dated in the production since it was made in the 1950's, but we are spoiled by modern-day special affects which seem to be more important today... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ken Stitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
interesting bit of history.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie. I remember it from my childhood. It happened at Shanny in Marietta, Ga. and I believe my Great Great Grandfather was in the Confederate Camp across the rail... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jan M. Rusin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie
Published 14 days ago by Richard Fischbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw this when it came out and liked it then
Saw this when it came out and liked it then. The true story took place near where I live. The history isn't totally accurate but who cares. I liked it a lot.
Published 16 days ago by Thomas W. Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars All aboard!
A Disney classic and well done. Historically correct. Damn Yankees......
Published 1 month ago by Russell Peverell
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's best
This is a great and timeless movie. Very enjoyable to watch, the acting is very good. Way to go Davy.
Published 1 month ago by lovetoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad we found this one.
Published 2 months ago by Constance M. Bahman
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story of guts, glory, and the Medal of Honor's...
An awesome, forgotten gem from Disney! The story behind the first action for which the Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GodfreyofUtah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie about the story. Can't beat Fess Parker and locomotives.
Published 2 months ago by Aldan
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