Emperor of the North Pole


1h 58m 1973

Brief Synopsis

It is a period of great recessions in the US, and the land is full of people who fought in the World War and are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life as a stake to become a local legend - as a first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train.

Film Details

Also Known As
Emperor of the North, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jun 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

During the Great Depression, there is a community of tramps who ride the rails, and acknowledged as their "King of the Hobos" is a man known as "A No. 1." He is famous for being able to hop a ride on any train, no matter how dangerous it is get aboard or how menacing the guards. A younger tramp named Cigaret is mentored by A No. 1, and brags that someday he will take over his mantle. Neither of them has tried to board a train guarded by a sadistic railroad cop named Shack, who beats and sometimes murders men who try to ride for free. In an attempt to secure his title, A No. 1 takes on the challenge, bringing Cigaret with him, and they are not spared by the violent Shack.

Film Details

Also Known As
Emperor of the North, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jun 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

Got yourself a game leg hey kid? You should have jumped off! That would have been the smart thing to do. You should have jumped Kid! I got to hand it to you kid, you're smart. You play both side against the middle. Have your self a high old time. But now it has lasted long enough. Oh, you can keep running kid, but you are running out of train!
- Shack
And there is no place to hide. My Brakey's cracked his neck, the hide's peeling off the Black, and the Hogger's ready for the looney bin. And all because of you. That's a pretty fair day's work for a tender-foot.
- Shack
But now I am going to show you what happens to people who ride on my train without a ticket.
- Shack

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1973

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States 1973

Released in United States 1994 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "Apocalypse Anytime! The Films of Robert Aldrich" March 11 - April 8, 1994.)