This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them.Written by
CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when Andrews first meets his raiding party about ten minutes into the film. See more »
The locomotive "William R. Smith" which Fuller commanded to recapture the General from Kingston was from the Rome Railroad, not the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The real William R. Smith's tender has the word "Rome R.R." See more »
[the Raiders had successfully stolen the General]
We're through playing Rebs, we're Yankees again!
I can talk! I can open my mouth!
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A shortened pan/scan-version was shown on danish and Swedish TV in the early/mid 90's. Interestingly when it was re run on Swedish TV shortly after the first airing, a complete letter-box formated copy was used. See more »
Well-made Civil War spy film with fantastic train sequences
Fess Parker stars as James Andrews, Yankee spy, who takes an extremely dangerous mission during the Civil War. Parker has his trademark easy-going smile on throughout the entire film, as he and a group of Union soldiers try to steal a train and destroy about a 1000 miles of train track, in an effort to cut the supply lines of the Rebel army and deal the South a fatal blow. Jeff Hunter and Kenneth Tobey are loyal Southern train officials who try to stop them by using every means under their disposal, which include running after the train for miles, using a handcart and stealing another engineer's engine. Jeff York, Dick Sergeant, Harry Carey Jr., and John Lupton, plus a lot of other character actors, round out Fess' Union forces.
This film is pretty accurate, as historical Disney movies go, and is based on a true story. Buster Keaton's silent film "The General" is also based on the same Civil War event.
Disney just released the movie on DVD, in its original widescreen format; the picture is sharp and detailed, with wonderful, bright colors and fine, clear sound. This is an excellent way to see this movie, and is well worth the money. It would be great if Disney would put out Fess' other films, the original 3 part "Davy Crockett" and the hilarious "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" in this format, too, as well as "Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow". In fact, I'd love to see all their live action films on DVD and in their original aspect, and done as well as "The Great Locomotive Chase".
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