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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Disney adventure, 14 April 2008
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This review is from: The Great Locomotive Chase [DVD] (1956) [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is, in effect, a "straight" version of Buster Keaton's 1927 picture "The General", about Union soldiers in the Civil War stealing a locomotive in Georgia to aid the Union assault on Chatanooga TN. As John J. Andrews, Parker proves that there's (at least some) life after Davy Crockett and Jeffrey Hunter makes a worthy adversary. That's perhaps the best way to describe this 1956 Disney film, worthy. A few exciting chase sequences liven up a film that on the whole does little more than tell a historical story reasonably well. For me, the real stars were the Civil War vintage locomotives, but none of those used in the film were the real ones involved, despite the fact that "The General" has survived and is now preserved a few hundred yards from where it was stolen. Better historical accuracy than Keaton's original and some interesting chase sequences, but not a great deal more to recommend it.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2010, 15:06:42 BST
R. A. Caton says:
L T C Rolt also borrowed the story in his book "The Engineer Corporal"....

It is a good movie.... but the facts were that the South won that round!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2010, 16:57:12 BST
Bookworm says:
I didn't suggest otherwise. In the early stages of the Civil War the Confederates under Robert E. Lee appeared to have the ascendancy. It was only Gettysburg and Lincoln's subsequent appointment of Lee's equal Ulysses S. Grant which together turned the tide in the North's favour.
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