The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush (1925)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 26, 1925
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Chaplin is the apotheosis of the world's despised and downtrodden, and also their hope; he heralds a revolution in anarchic beauty.

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Eric Kohn

Eighty-five years young, "The Gold Rush" is still an effective tear-jerker.

Eric Melin
Kansas City Star

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.

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Edmund Wilson
The New Republic

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Chris Sawin

"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.

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James Agee
TIME Magazine

The result is a sight for sore eyes, for old-style Chaplin fans and novitiates alike.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

No one can mix slapstick and sentimentality quite like Chaplin.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A heartbreaking silent comedy re-released with a narration by Chaplin himself that only adds to it instead of standing in the way, and it is a classic that… More
Spencer S.
The first film Chaplin was given creative control over with his founding of United Artists, Gold Rush is a masterpiece of slapstick. Though City Lights is my… More
Chris Weber
Disclaimer: I actually watched two versions of this, the original, uncut silent version from 1925 that runs 96 minutes (given today's projection speeds),… More
Ken Stachnik
Classic Chaplin
Bathsheba Monk
This is the finest Chaplin movie I have seen, and I think I've seen them all. It's sweet but dark, like human beings, and ultimately an ode to the… More
Red Lats
I watched the first version - with no dialogue, only a piano score. I have only seen two or three of Chaplin's movies. It is an indication of the quality… More

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