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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

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 Hunter, in the "Keaton" role), resentful that his train was stolen out from under him, pursues Andrews' raiders by foot, handcar, and locomotive. No matter what obstacles are placed in his way by Andrews' men, Fuller persists in his chase. Eventually captured, Andrews and his cohorts plan a daring escape, which serves as the film's pulse-pounding climax. Filmed on location in Georgia, The Great Locomotive Chase was well-received by audiences and critics alike. The lone dissenter was Buster Keaton, who felt that Disney made a mistake by turning the Southern characters into the "bad guys."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


Fess Parker
as James J. Andrews
Jeffrey Hunter
as William A. Fuller
Jeff York
as William Campbell
John Lupton
as William Pittenger
Eddie Firestone
as Robert Buffum
Kenneth Tobey
as Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan
as Marion A. Ross
Claude Jarman Jr.
as Jacob Parrott
Harry Carey Jr.
as William Bensinger
Lennie Geer
as J.A. Wilson
George Robotham
as William Knight
Stan Jones
as Wilson Brown
Marc Hamilton
as John Wollam
John Wiley
as John M. Scott
Slim Pickens
as Pete Bracken
W.S. Bearden
as Switchman
Harvey Hester
as Jess McIntyre
Robert Kent
as Henry Haney
Douglas Blackley
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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