The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

The Great Locomotive Chase





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Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase is a dramatic retelling of the actual Civil War events which inspired the Buster Keaton comedy The General. Fess Parker stars as James J. Andrews, the famous Union spy who masterminded the theft of an entire Confederate train. To accomplish this mission, Andrews and his cohorts pose as Kentuckians, board the train, and bide their time until they can pull off the robbery. Unfortunately for the Northerners, plucky young conductor William A. Fuller (Jeffrey … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence Edward Watkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2000
Walt Disney Productions


as James J. Andrews

as William A. Fuller

as William Campbell

as William Pittenger

as Robert Buffum

as Anthony Murphy

as Marion A. Ross

as Jacob Parrott

as William Bensinger

as J.A. Wilson

as William Knight

as Wilson Brown

as John Wollam

as John M. Scott

as Pete Bracken

as Switchman

as Jess McIntyre

as Henry Haney

as Henry Haney
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Critic Reviews for The Great Locomotive Chase

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an enjoyable adventure tale, especially for youngsters.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 18, 2005

October 10, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Great Locomotive Chase

Mid Fifties Disney film has the look and feel of one of that company's 60 films. Fess Parker was a handsome man but stiff as a board as an actor. Jeffrey Hunter who was a reasonably big name in '56 oddly relegated to a supporting role here. Some nice scenery and for history buffs an decent story but nothing special.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A good Disney sanitized Civil war movie.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

A live-action Disney classic fueled by Walt's love of trains and based on a real historical event. A great cast and story make this well worth seeing. (First and only full viewing - 1/29/2010)

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