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It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train.Written by
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The title refers to a joke among hobos during the Great Depression that the world's best hobo was Emperor of the North Pole, a way of poking fun at their own desperate situation since somebody ruling over the North Pole would be ruling over a wasteland. See more »
Right after A#1 and Old Cigarette get locked into the cattle car. Cigarette tries to kick open the roof door then sits and glares at A#1, then he asks him "Who you calling a fool."
A#1 has not said anything to Cigarette, there is obviously some missing dialog. See more »
A no. 1:
[At the end of the movie, A No. 1 throws Cigaret off of the train, into a pond, and shouts to him from the train]
Hey kid you got no class. Hit the bums, kid. Run like the devil. Get a tin can and take up mooching. Knock on back doors for a nickel.
A no. 1:
Tell them your story. Make 'em weep. You could have been a meat-eater, kid. But you didn't listen to me when I laid it down.
A no. 1:
Stay off the tracks. Forget it. Its a bum's world for a bum. You'll never be Emperor of the North Pole, kid. You had the juice...
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The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC for a 'AA' (15) certificate with edits to blows with an axe and a wooden plank, and chain throttling during the fight between A No 1 and Shack. Later releases restored the footage but were cut by 3 secs to completely remove a shot of 2 men being hit with a live chicken during a fight scene. See more »
Ernest Borgnine was superb as the murderous railroad agent intent on keeping a legendary hobo off his train. Lee Marvin gave one of his best performances as A#1, the hobo's hobo, who is equally set on riding the rails on Borgnine's unrideable #19. Keith Carradine almost stole the show as a useless, me first punk out to prove his manhood in the harsh hobo camps. Very realistic looking sets and the entire film captured the flavor of the depression era perfectly. 4 stars.
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