Steamboat Bill Jr.
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

The college-boy son of a hard-bitten riverboat captain proves to be an incompetent milquetoast embarrassment to his riverdog dad -- until proving his manhood when a cyclone strikes their small town. Keaton's last silent under his own… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Josh Larsen

Keaton becomes here, quite literally, the calm in the eye of the storm.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Quase oitenta anos jŠ se passaram, mas a agilidade e a coragem de Keaton continuam a impressionar neste filme que ainda surpreende, encanta e diverte.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A wildly creative comedy that has as much power to impress and amuse an audience today as it did in '28.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The extended rescue climax provides the heights of Steamboat Bill, Jr.'s ingenious choreography, but Keaton's brilliance as a performer shines just as brightly (if not more) in the simpler moments...[Blu-ray]

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the greatest of the silent comedies about the effects of parental rejection.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Contains what is perhaps Buster Keaton's most fully realized act of comedic anarchy.

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Dan Jardine

Worth it for the storm sequence alone, which is staggering in its audacity, and Shakespearean in its execution.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Boasts the most astonishing and indelible images in Keaton's body of work, and some of the best moments in movie history… wildly inventive, increasingly audacious stunts.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though The General (1927) is still considered Keaton's masterpiece, Steamboat Bill Jr. is gaining considerable momentum.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Buster Keaton is a master of two distinct features of the silent movie era: comedy via physical trauma and injury, and he is the master of stunts. The stunts… More
Stella Dallas
and he does his own stunts! did this guy make any bad films?
Carlos Magalh„es
Keaton was an incomparable genius and this is made pretty evident in the exceptionally well directed third act in which he tries everything to escape a storm… More
Byron Brubaker
Keaton is the title son of a rough steamboat captain. Willie Canfield has been staying with his mother in Boston and developed a sort of French style in… More
Aj V
Another great movie from Keaton. This one has some really exciting and funny sight gags. Keaton fans can't miss out on this movie.
John Ballantine
It is difficult for me to determine whether I like Keaton or Chaplin more as silent slapstick actors. I thought Keaton was brilliant here as an unlikely captain… More