The General

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
The General

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Made barely three decades after the invention of film itself, Buster Keaton’s timeless 1926 silent ‘The General’ is the perfect chase movie: it has never been bettered, and maybe never will. Keaton plays a train driver during the American civil war who loses both his beloved steam engine The General and his estranged fiancée (Marion Mack) to a troupe of Northern spies. Overcoming impediments both intentional and inadvertent – armies, cannons, bears, rickety bridges – without ever losing his implacable stone-faced cool, Keaton sets off in pursuit. The set-pieces are breathtaking, the stunts barely believable (yes, that’s a real train falling from a real bridge), and the blend of broad slapstick, grandiose period drama and heartfelt character comedy is impeccably judged. See it and gasp.



Release details

79 mins

Cast and crew

Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg, Charles Smith
Buster Keaton
Marian Mack
Glen Cavender
Jim Farley
Frederick Vroom
Joe Keaton

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