The Great Locomotive Chase

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"A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!"
  • Approved
  • 1956
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.8  (1,362)

Set during the height of the American Civil War, The Great Locomotive Chase tells the thrilling story of a Union Army volunteer named James J. Andrews (Fess Parker) and his daring mission to destroy Confederate railroad supply lines in Georgia. With the help of a small band of fellow soldiers, Andrews hatches a plan to sneak behind enemy lines and steal a locomotive, known as the General, which they intend to use to derail Confederate trains and cripple their ability to transport troops and supplies.

Despite numerous setbacks and unexpected obstacles, Andrews and his men manage to successfully steal the General and begin their daring raid into enemy territory. However, their plans are soon discovered by a Confederate conductor named William A. Fuller (Jeffrey Hunter), who sets out in pursuit of the stolen engine with a posse of armed soldiers.

What follows is a tense and gripping chase through the Georgia wilderness, as Andrews and his men do everything in their power to keep the General moving, and Fuller and his men do everything in their power to bring them to a halt. Along the way, both sides must struggle to adapt to the harsh and unpredictable terrain, overcoming dangerous rivers, treacherous mountains, and unexpected delays.

As the chase goes on and tensions mount, each side must rely on their wits, their training, and their sheer determination to come out on top. With death and capture looming around every corner, Andrews and Fuller engage in a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing towards an explosive and unpredictable conclusion.

Featuring breathtaking locomotive stunts and breathtaking period detail, The Great Locomotive Chase is a thrilling and suspenseful adventure that brings to life one of the most daring and audacious missions of the Civil War. With a talented cast that includes Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, and Jeff York, and a taut and compelling script by director Francis D. Lyon, this classic film is a must-see for fans of action, history, and drama.

The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    1 hr 25 min
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    6.8  (1,362)