Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North)
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Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North)
In this gritty and violent period drama set in the depths of the Great Depression, Lee Marvin stars as "A No. 1", the acknowledged King of the Hoboes. A No. 1 is famous among his fellow tramps for his ability to catch a ride on any train, no matter how risky the hop or dangerous the guards. He acts as a sort of mentor for Cigaret (Keith Carradine), a young hobo who brags that some day he'll surpass A No. 1 in his accomplishments. But neither has had the courage to ride a train guarded by Shack (Ernest Borgnine), an unusually sadistic railroad cop who will brutally beat or even… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The suspense of the film (which is so hugely violent that its PG rating is a mystery), is unrelenting and the performances first-rate."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of the better movies about the Great Depression."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Muscular."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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