The General


A film by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Starring Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender

Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General is one of the most brilliantly conceived and executed comedies, silent or not. Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marian Mack), young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive.

What follows is the most cleverly choreographed comedy ever recorded on celluloid. Johnnie wages war against hijackers, an errant cannon, and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails – exploiting the comic potential of Keaton’s favorite film prop: the train. Insisting on accuracy in every detail, Keaton created a remarkably authentic historical epic, replete with hundreds of costumed extras, full-scale sets, and the breathtaking plunge of an actual locomotive from a burning bridge into a river.


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75 mins

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