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Union spies steal an engineer's (Buster Keaton) beloved locomotive and pursue it through enemy lines in this all-time great comedy classic.
Buster Keaton's career reached its creative apex with this rousing comic adventure. Not merely one of the finest silent films, this remains one of the great film comedies of all time. The Great Stone Face stars as Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray, a man with only two loves: the sweet Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) and his trustworthy engine, the eponymous General. When Fort Sumner is fired upon he's one of the first to enlist, but when the war office rejects him (he's too valuable as a trained engineer) his sweetie rejects him as a coward. Johnny has the opportunity to prove his bravery when Yankee spies steal his engine and inadvertently kidnap Annabelle, and Johnny pursues with all the resources at his disposal: handcar, bicycle, and finally railroad engine. Keaton's love/hate relationship with technology and machinery shines as he becomes one with his beloved locomotive and wrestles with a finicky cannon that threatens to blow his engine off the tracks; with tremendous dexterity, he nails the humor with inimitably deadpan takes. Spunky Marion Mack makes a perfect partner for Keaton, not merely a foil but a gifted comedienne in her own right. Other Keaton films contain more laughs and inspired comic stunts, but none combines romance, adventure, and comedy into a solid story as seamlessly as this silent masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Some film historians rate The General as the greatest silent comedy every made, I would not go that far--although I did enjoy it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lava1964
The copy was of poor quality, quite dark and lacking defination compared to other copies that I have viewed.Published 14 months ago by Tom Leighton
One of the best and funniest silent movies ever made. Buster Keaton made this amazing comedy/action movie come alive. The video is good quality for such an old film. Read morePublished on March 23 2013 by Jeff Sulik
Fun to watch. & amazing what can be done without words & without blowing stuff to bits or shooting a bunch of bad guys. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2013 by Rebecca Burke
While the film is unbelievably amazing, the reproduction of this film is even better!
Plus the tv segment with Orson Welles talking about Buster Keaton is a nice bonus... Read more
There are other versions of "The General" available on DVD and any would be preferable to this one. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003
I asked myself two simple questions after viewing this film: Was it worth making? Could it possibly have been made any better? The answers are, respectively, yes and no. Read morePublished on June 28 2002
Not much new can be said about THE GENERAL. It is Buster's masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made. No debate. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2001 by Brother Frank