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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

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Francis D. Lyon (as Francis Lyon)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fess Parker ... James J. Andrews
Jeffrey Hunter ... William A. Fuller
Jeff York ... William Campbell
John Lupton ... William Pittenger
Eddie Firestone ... Robert Buffum
Kenneth Tobey ... Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan ... Marion A. Ross
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jacob Parrott
Harry Carey Jr. ... William Bensinger
Leonard P. Geer Leonard P. Geer ... J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
George Robotham George Robotham ... William Knight
Stan Jones Stan Jones ... Wilson Brown
Marc Hamilton Marc Hamilton ... John Wollam
John Wiley John Wiley ... John M. Scott
Slim Pickens ... Pete Bracken
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This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!


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Trivia

The real locomotive "Texas" is on display at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. See more »

Goofs

A Union Army officer tells Andrews that Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard was "moving up to attack Grant at Shiloh." Beauregard was actually second-in-command before the Shiloh attack. Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston was in charge. Beaurgeard did take over after Johnston's death during the battle. Also, Shiloh was a surprise attack on Grant's Union army. Grant's target was Corinth, Miss. The Confederate's launched a surprise attack from Corinth, on Grant's army at Pittsburg Landing, in Tennessee, in what would become known as the Battle of Shiloh. Therefore, an officer talking to Andrews would have had no prior knowledge of the attack in advance. See more »

Quotes

[the train is about to pull into Big Shanty]
James J. Andrews: Have a good breakfast, Mr. Fuller. And don't you worry about any deserters, I'll *take care* of your train.
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Alternate Versions

A shortened pan/scan-version was shown on danish and Swedish TV in the early/mid 90's. Interestingly when it was re run on Swedish TV shortly after the first airing, a complete letter-box formated copy was used. See more »


Soundtracks

Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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Disney does history right
2 January 2018 | by whhackerdcxSee all my reviews

The movie was compelling overall. Some parts of it made me bored enough to pause and do something else for a bit, but when I was watching I was engaged. The writing successfully builds a form of tension that doesn't beg the question of "what's gonna happen in half an hour" but rather "what happens next". Not that either system is superior, of course, but I find that action films and history documentaries (of which this film is a hybrid) generally benefit more from the latter system. That said, the movie is certainly not perfect. Fess Parker's character, James J. Andrews, is introduced early on but in such a way that I genuinely asked myself why that interaction was even presented. There was nothing interesting about it, it doesn't help to describe the world the characters are in or the characters themselves, and there was not even the slightest hint that Andrews would be the protagonist. Parker's poor acting efforts at that particular moment didn't help at all, either. Thankfully, Parker's acting vastly improves in the next few minutes of run time, though it quickly takes a nosedive into "talking plank of wood" territory towards the conclusion of the film. Especially that last scene with Andrews and William A. Fuller, the antagonist - a disappointing bore at best. Still, all things considered, this is a well-made movie that manages to keep impressively accurate to history at least as well as I know it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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