The Gold Rush
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During the Gold Rush, prospectors brave Alaska's dangerous Chilkoot Pass, hoping to strike it rich in the snowy mountains. Just as Big Jim McKay discovers gold on his claim, a storm arises, prompting a Lone Prospector to take refuge in a cabin. Unknown to him, the cabin's occupant is desperado Black Larsen, who attempts to throw the vagabond Prospector out. Strong winds, however, repeatedly blow the little man back inside, and soon after, Jim is also swept into the cabin. Jim fights with Larsen over his shotgun, and after Jim prevails, the Prospector claims him as a close friend in… More

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"Chaplin is the apotheosis of the world's despised and downtrodden, and also their hope; he heralds a revolution in anarchic beauty."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The blend of slapstick and pathos is seamless, although the cynicism of the final scene is still surprising. Chaplin's later films are quirkier and more personal, but this is quintessential Charlie, and unmissable."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It shows Chaplin mixing slapstick with heartbreak like nobody else could. It's plotted in an episodic fashion, but each piece of the puzzle is also a memorable, entertaining bit in and of itself."
‑ Eric Melin, Kansas City Star
"Even with its (likely dictated) propaganda on behalf of the now-superfluous 1942 edition, this set restores a high watermark in cinematic comedy to nearly full glory."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"What's surprising when one takes a fresh look at The Gold Rush is how much else there is, too, not just in terms of set pieces."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"I prophesied that Chaplin, with his finer comedy and his less spectacular farce, would not be able to hold his popularity against it. What has happened is precisely the reverse of what I predicted."
‑ Edmund Wilson, The New Republic
"The Gold Rush is a distinct triumph for Charlie Chaplin from both the artistic and commercial standpoints, and is a picture certain to create a veritable riot at theatre box offices."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""The Gold Rush" is wonderfully charming. The comedic bits are both memorable and humorous, the score is exquisite, and it looks pretty darn great for being as old as it is. It's timeless in the sense that it'll be enjoyable now and 100 years from now."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Emotionally robust and genuinely hilarious in ways that transcend time and culture, it balances the witty and the sentimental and still finds plenty of room to inject the moments of underdog social commentary that were so crucial to Chaplin's worldview."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Chaplin's Klondike masterpiece."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The result is a sight for sore eyes, for old-style Chaplin fans and novitiates alike."
‑ James Agee, TIME Magazine
"Here is a comedy with streaks of poetry, pathos, tenderness, linked with brusqueness and boisterousness."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"No one can mix slapstick and sentimentality quite like Chaplin."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"When it hit cinemas in the summer of 1925, the Berlin-premiere audience applauded Chaplin's 'dance of the dinner rolls' for so long that the film was rewound and replayed, while the BBC recorded 10 straight minutes of audience laughter at one screening."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Eighty-five years young, "The Gold Rush" is still an effective tear-jerker."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
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