• Nick

    ★★★½ Watched by Nick 25 Aug, 2015

    for a movie of its time, its advanced set pieces and hugely amusing gags more than live up to its ambition, but there's something puzzling about how thoroughly unsubtle this insists on being, despite having the best excuse of all to not have to over-explain its plot: being literally incapable of verbally doing so.


  • Walker King

    ★★★½ Watched by Walker King 22 Aug, 2015

    The Confederate sympathizing in this film has aged... poorly. I don't think it really edges Steamboat Bill Jr, for me.


  • Alex

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alex 22 Aug, 2015

    Keaton perfects the hapless hero in The General.

    A straightforward there-and-back-again plot, but embedded throughout with brilliant stunt-work, masterful comedy and jaw-dropping set pieces.

    Mad Buster: Fury Railroad


  • Brian Stack

    ★★★★★ Added by Brian Stack

    Johnnie Gray (Keaton) is not allowed to sign up for the Confederate cause because he's too valuable as a train engineer. Mistaking this for cowardice, his girlfriend, Annabelle Lee refuses to see him.

    When Union soldiers steal Johnnie's train, he chases them on foot, handcar, and boneshaker bicycle. After he sneaks into their camp and overhears the Union plan for a surprise attack, he's chased by Union soldiers as he races back to warn his platoon.

    Because of Gray's heroics,…


  • bowiecoen

    ★★★★ Added by bowiecoen

    One of the funniest parts of this movie is that, even after the end, you know that the main characters are going to lose the war in a few months. (and some of them probably own slaves!)
    All kidding aside, this is one of the most charming films ever made. Hilarious, deft, masterfully-acted by one of the greatest American comedians.


  • Joel Vered

    ★★★½ Watched by Joel Vered 12 Aug, 2015

    Great visuals with funny moments, but a bit overacted. Strongly reccomended for any fan of cinema.


  • Willowaelfin

    ★★★★★ Added by Willowaelfin

    One of the great masterpieces of silent comedy.


  • sagestacy

    ★★★★ Added by sagestacy

    One of the first silent films i have seen fully through. I enjoyed the scenery and the new taste in film, something i would not usually watch


  • joshcurtis

    ★★★★★ Added by joshcurtis

    A classic


  • Red_Dufresne

    ★★★★ Watched by Red_Dufresne 06 Aug, 2015

    Insanely entertaining and also just insane, Buster Keaton's The General is a timeless silent comedy with a great story to go along with the crazy stunts, pratfalls, and other assorted slapstick. Keaton's great stone face is put tho great use here and compliments some of the film's more outrageous moments.


  • Kris

    ★★★★★ Watched by Kris 03 Aug, 2015

    An absolute triumph on every level. From the smallest comic touches to the biggest setpiece, this film overflows with inspiration and imagination. A phrase popped into my head as the credits rolled: "This is why I watch movies."

    Would love to see this in a packed theater on the big screen.


  • kurt k

    ★★★★½ Watched by kurt k 03 Aug, 2015

    this was surprisingly fun!!! also buster keaton does all his stunts!??!?! fight me