The Gold Rush (1925) 1925 NR

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(22) IMDb 8.3/10
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A prospector searches for fortune in the Klondike and discovers romance.

Starring:
Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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The Gold Rush (1925)

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Product Details

Genres Western, Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain
Supporting actors Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale, Jack Adams, Frank Aderias, Leona Aderias, Lillian Adrian, Sam Allen, Claude Anderson, Harry Arras, Albert Austin, Marta Belfort, William Bell, Francis Bernhardt, F.J. Beuaregard, E. Blumenthal, William Bradford
Studio The Criterion Collection
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This film may be the funniest movie ever made!
John McMinn
Chaplin's mise-en-sene, directing and close-ups for emotional expression, (and what expressions!)
Deborah Lovelace
I can't say that it's a particularly bad film, but it's not really all that exciting either.
Esn024

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RealityWizard on June 30, 2013
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In 1942, Charlie Chaplin re-released his classic 1925 silent movie, "The Gold Rush", WITH SOUND! What does this mean? Well, there's a new score--not a big problem there; a lot of silent movies had scores written for them which were played by pianists in the theaters, or sometimes larger ensembles. This one is pretty corny. BUT--Charlie narrates the whole thing! He tells you each and every thing that is happening, and whenever a character opens his mouth, Charlie dubs in the dialogue with his own very, very annoying voice. The titles have all been removed.
I could only stomach this for about 12 minutes. If you rent or buy the DVD, you should be OK, because Criterion put the 1942 version on Disc 1, and the original on Disc 2, which was certainly a curious decision. I assume if you rent it you get both discs. But after looking around, I found you could rent the original as a streaming version on iTunes. So I spent eight bucks instead of four bucks to watch it.
Having said that, the original is quite delightful. I really teared up at how cruelly The Little Fellow was treated by the women in the camp, and there was lots of funny and poignant stuff. But hopefully Amazon will correct this error and offer the original version as a streaming rental. Because the 1942 version dubbed and narrated by Chaplin really makes me wanna puke.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FT on November 24, 2013
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Chaplin fans--This is the original 1925 version of the Gold Rush. That is, it's the version audiences would have seen in 1925, rather than the later version that Chaplin released in 1942 with a ceaseless, annoying voiceover. So, if you love the Gold Rush, watch this rather than the 1942 version. I only gave it 4 stars because this isn't my favorite Chaplin movie, but many view this as one of his best films, so save yourself the headache of renting/purchasing the wrong online version and stream this one instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Classic Movie Lady on November 19, 2013
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This is not the original version of this movie, and I didn't know it when I bought it. How disappointing, and what a rip off. Chaplin narrates the whole thing and some key scenes are left out. I enjoyed it when I watched it at first, because I had not seen the original, but now that I have, I know how sorely this version is lacking. Boo to you, Amazon, for selling me this bogus version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have this version and a rather old VHS silent version which I found in a bargain bin. But I like this better for 2 reasons; 1. On the silent version the captions go by so fast I have to pause the tape to read most of them. 2. It is more interesting and complete with Charlie narrating the film. So get this one instead of the silent version for better picture and continuity. P.S. DO NOT BUY THE DVD OF THIS, IT REALLY IS A WASTE OF YOUR MONEY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John McMinn on March 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film may be the funniest movie ever made! If you haven't seen it,buy it now!I had the priv- elage of seeing this film on the silver screen. This video edition has Chaplin's own spoken narration and musical score.The shoe-eating and cabin scenes are brilliant!"Pay Day" is one of Charlie's best short films.This film is actually about something(unlike most 90s movies).If you like this movie also see "City Lights" and "Modern Times".An all time classic!Not to be missed!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lee on April 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
You don't need my review to know this is a great movie. I just wish we consumers were given the chance to purchase a version with just the music sound track without the additional dialogue. Perhaps it is just nostalgia on my part for the film I saw as a child but I find the voice in this version, which is that of Chaplin himself, at times superfluous and at its worse moments irritating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Udvary on July 9, 2003
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I have now seen "The Gold Rush" twice. I have only seen the 1942 re-edited version with Chaplin's voice-over. The first time I saw it, I didn't find the film to be the masterpiece so many others have called it. And I didn't think it was a strong enough movie to be Chaplin's best (Supposedly this is the movie Chaplin wanted to be remembered for). My main fault with the movie was I wanted to see the original silent version. I found the voice-over distracting. I watched the movie again recently and now I find it to be a masterpiece of early slapstick comedy.
"The Gold Rush" tells the story of the tramp's (Chaplin) search for gold and love. It basically takes all the elements that would later come in films like "City Lights" and "Modern Times" but here it was done for the first time. Chaplin meets Big Jim (Mack Swain) and a known criminal Black Larsen (Tom Murray) as they all try to survive the cold weather and find gold.
As I watched the movie again I was surprised by the amount of memorable moments the film has. Take the scene where Larsen demands Chaplin leave his cabin but Chaplin can not. The wind is blowing too hard and instead of Chaplin leaving he finds he keeps getting blown back in. Or what about the famous shoe eating scene. And the dance of the rolls. This is the film people should first be expossed to when discovering Chaplin.
After the beginning moments, which I think focus more on the slapstick humor, Chaplin then decides to turn the movie into a love story and combine comedy and drama in a way only Chaplin could have. The movie is still funny but now another level seems to have been added to the story. The movie could have worked just being about these three guys trying to find gold. And I'm sure Chaplin could of come up with hilarious scene after scene.
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