The Great Train Robbery
1903, Action, 11m7 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Trainman , Bandit
Critic Reviews for The Great Train Robbery
By today's standards, there isn't anything remarkable about the footage, but recognizing the limitations of the art form in the early 1900s makes the imagery fascinating.July 27, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
This has proved to be the most influential of all the early US films and it was the first to tell a definite story.June 10, 2009 | Full Review…
A landmark in the development of the American film industry and the narrative form.June 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Must see viewing for this very brief silent film, the first American movie telling a sequenced story.March 21, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
Quote not available.December 5, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
The most widely viewed picture of its time.May 31, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Great Train Robbery
Oct 08, 2016The first Western film ever, The Great Train Robbery lacks aesthetic values but it is an important millstone in the history of cinema.Sylvester K Super Reviewer
Oct 23, 2013A year after George Melies made history with his cute little sci-fi picture, American film maverick Edwin S. Porter cemented his own legacy with this breezy western action film. Based on an 1896 story by Scott Marble ,this 1903 caper follows a group of bandits as they rob a train, make their escape, then have a confrontation with a group of local townspeople bent on vengeance. That's it. There's more to it than that though. Yeah, it's pretty simple and straightforward, but this film pioneered a lot of now commonplace techniques like cross-cut editing, location shooting, and double exposures. And, unlike A Trip to the Moon, this one is more like real life as opposed to fantasy, and feels a tad documentary like. This is a pretty influential and important film, and basically set the standard for the western genre especially, but also the action/heist genre as a whole. Unfortunately the version I saw had no soundtrack other than the cranking of the camera, and that's my only real complaint. Yeah, the cranking kinda fits with the movements of the train, but it gets real tedious real quick, especially since it plays for just under 12 minutes straight. Some of the acting is over the top and hammy, and it makes things feel dated and cheesy, but it also kinda adds to the charm. It's ridiculously tame by today's standards, but I also have to give this a lot of credit for being ballsy with the violence, something that was probably rather jarring for audiences 110 years ago. All in all, this is a fun movie. Yeah, it has since been eclipsed 1,000 times over, and, while it really deserves classic status for it's historical, social, and aesthetic merits, it also still works fine on its own terms as just a simple, entertaining movie.Chris W Super Reviewer
Nov 29, 2011I imagine that it must have been a million times more exciting back when it was released, but I respect it, nonetheless, for its importance in cinematic history. Plus, it helped create the crime and western genres.
Oct 01, 2011I imagine that it must have been a million times more exciting back when it was released, but I respect it, nonetheless, for its importance in cinematic history. Plus, it helped create the crime and western genres.
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