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The General (1927)

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Original title: General, The

Release Date
Feb 5, 1927 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 26, 1999
 R2: 19 Feb 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 15 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Buster Keaton Productions Inc.

Studio United Artists

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• The General (1927)
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Genre: Action, Romance, War, Comedy, Slapstick, Military, Kidnapping, Escape, True Story, Farce, Spy, Satire

Tagline: Love, Locomotives and Laughs

Plot: The two things engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) loves most in the world are his Southern belle sweetheart and his locomotive. When Northern spies steal the latter, the intrepid Confederate single-handedly takes on the entire Union army in order to get it back. Against a backdrop of magnificently photographed Civil War battle scenes unfolds one of the great chases in movie history. Set almost entirely aboard moving trains, Keaton's THE GENERAL is physical comedy refined to elegant perfection and widely considered to be the actor-director's greatest film.

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 Directed by
Buster Keaton
Sunset Blvd., A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sherlock, Jr.
Clyde Bruckman
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 Written by
Al Boasberg
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Clyde Bruckman
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Buster Keaton
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Marion Mack
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Richard Allen
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Glen Cavender
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Jim Farley
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Frederick Vroom
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 Music By
Carl Davis
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Joe Hisaishi
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Robert Israel
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William P. Perry
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