• kwrather

    ★★★★ Watched by kwrather 10 Sep, 2014

    A great early comedy. Full of great gags - the train chase footage is incredible, even today.

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  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 17 Oct, 2009

    Set in the American Civil War, The General, arguably Buster Keaton's most famous work, is a funny and lighthearted silent comedy film that unfolds at an incredible pace. Without employing many intertitles, this movie benefits from a superb editing, masterfully crafted and spectacular action sequences, and it definitely ranks among the most innovative movies ever made.

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  • James Salvatore

    ★★★★★ Watched by James Salvatore 07 Sep, 2014

    There is a wonderful momentum to the story telling which prevents any of the gags from being overplayed; Keaton's deadpan performance is refreshingly modern; a tremendously enjoyable film.

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  • Michael "PhantomKnight" Dennos

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael "PhantomKnight" Dennos 04 Sep, 2014 1

    The General is a prime example of an effective silent film. It creates and maintains a very high level of energy throughout, featuring an appropriately simple story that fuels the seemingly unending physicality, and features a charming central performance by Buster Keaton. He plays a character who's easy to root for, and to see him in the string of situations he gets into through the course of the film is very entertaining. But like I said already, the film's biggest…

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  • Neely

    ★★★★½ Watched by Neely 02 Sep, 2014

    I am in awe of Buster Keaton and his incredible, masterful performance in The General. What a face...what a remarkable, interesting, alluring face; what an actor that moves so swiftly on his locomotive in such an effortless fashion. The film has other fantastic elements too, such as its locomotive effects and perfectly timed comedy, but when I think back on the film, I just simply cannot erase that face.

    The locomotive chases, the clumsy and dead pan comedy, a well…

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  • Travis Lytle

    ★★★★ Watched by Travis Lytle 02 Sep, 2014

    Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton's "The General" is a spectacular piece of early-cinematic entertainment and a startlingly fresh-feeling sample of filmmaking. A comedy, a war epic, a romance, and an action film, the film entertains with its multiple genres, put-upon protagonist, and pioneering set pieces.

    When Keaton's Johnnie Grey is passed over for enlistment at the outset of the American Civil War, he finds himself tangled up in the action regardless. Attempting to recapture his beloved locomotive, rescue his object…

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  • Todd Gaines

    ★★★★½ Watched by Todd Gaines 31 Aug, 2014 27

    Them Yankee spies picked the wrong choo choo train to steal in this Buster Keaton classic. Hot date. A gentleman always tips his cap to a lady. Kodak moment. Dixie Land. Trickeration. The way Buster shakes his head. Wheel rider. Slick sideburns. Buster's bow tie. Bootleg rail car. Real motherfuckers ride big pimpin' bicycles. The baddies scare me. I bet they sound menacing. Gag a ho'. Buster has fantastic hair. Cannonball motherfucker. I don't think too many actors today would…

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  • Steve Sharrot

    ★★½ Watched by Steve Sharrot 30 Aug, 2014

    Well I fell asleep in the last 10 minutes. To say the least it doesn't hold up very well but it's humorous and good at what it's supposed to be.

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  • cronic

    ★★ Watched by cronic 24 Aug, 2014

    4/10

    These movies don't work for me, 88 years to late

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  • Paul 7String

    ★★★★★ Watched by Paul 7String 17 Aug, 2014

    It's hard to believe that a silent movie made in 1926 has more action, thought, stunts, drama and laughs then some of the crap made since 1970.

    This is truly a great film made by a man who cared about making a great movie.

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  • Steve Rogers

    ★★★★½ Watched by Steve Rogers 12 Aug, 2014

    This movie is 18 on the 2007 version of AFI Top 100 American Films and rightfully so. Doing his own stunts, and there are some dangerous moments, the Great Stone Face entertains us on so many levels. Yes there are his trademark slap stick moments, but there are clever moments throughout the film.
    It is based on an event that happened in 1862 during the Civil War.

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  • Matt Heckler

    ★★★★ Watched by Matt Heckler 10 Aug, 2014

    Silent comedies are a tough sell for me. They rely so much on sight gags that usually do nothing for me, but that's an unfortunate restriction of the medium. I watched The General because of it's favorable position on "best of all-time" lists, and specifically because I noticed on Hulu shortly after seeing it on Roger Ebert's Great Movies list. Although I don't think it's a masterpiece of film like other critics and filmmakers do, there is certainly a ton…

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