The General
The General (1927)

Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 5, 1927
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.

Variety Staff

The result is a flop.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This is by no means so good as Mr. Keaton's previous efforts.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film boasts the most sustained passages of virtuoso slapstick genius Keaton ever shot, and an unflagging momentum that lets it get away with being a reel longer than most of his best-known pictures.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An almost perfect entertainment.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Keaton's films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.

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Philip Concannon
Little White Lies

A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all.

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Time Out

Only superlatives will do to describe Keaton's hilarious Civil War dramatic comedy.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

In these times when all risk is assumed by CGI effects, Keaton's squealing funny, exquisitely timed, death-defying leaps are all the more breathtaking.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

This is a silent film worth making a noise about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
The only problem is that Keaton was in the wrong side of the war.
Chris Weber
*Side note* If you've been reading my reviews recently, it is just by coincidence that the most recent films I've seen were from the silent era, or,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A true classic in every sense of the word, hysterically funny like few others and featuring some of the most exciting locomotive chases ever filmed, as well as… More
Jim Hunter
Rejected by the Confederate Army, a train conductor pursues his love and the Union army in his engine, The General. This isn't just a great action comedy… More
Dan Schultz
A humorous, beautifully shot and constructed silent film concerning a railroad engineer (Buster Keaton) who wants badly to serve the Confederacy in the Civil… More
Kevin Cookman
The film that many consider the perfect comedy from the perfect comedian. Yeah, not really. The General has its moments, but the disengaging storyline and the… More