The Gold Rush
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He may be called "The Lone Prospector" in The Gold Rush, but the character played by Charlie Chaplin is the same wistful, resourceful Little Tramp that had been entertaining the world and its brother since 1914. A most unlikely participant in the 1898 Yukon gold rush, Charlie finds himself sharing a remote cabin with two much larger and more menacing-looking prospectors: Big Jim McKay (Mack Swain) and Black Larsen (Tom Murray). Big Jim isn't really a bad sort, but Larsen is a murderer and thief. When the food supply runs out, Larsen heads out in the snowy wastes to hunt, leaving… 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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