The Iron Horse
The Iron Horse (1924)

Iron Horse is the seminal western epic and is the film that proved that B movie director John Ford was a major filmmaking talent. Considered a classic, this sweeping tale of the construction of the first transcontinental railroad contains… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 28, 1924
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The picture is absurd-and enjoyable.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprising by virtue of how much of Ford's mature work is already in evidence.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

It's the atmosphere that Ford captures so beautifully, from the location shooting to the labor and process of clearing land and laying track.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Mid-level Ford, full of both interest and faults.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's hard to argue that the film is more than very competent.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

It's a large canvas, and one that the filmmaker, then 29, often has trouble filling.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

John Ford's first American epic is not a birth of a nation, but its physical and symbolic unification in the wake of the Civil War.

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Beth Accomando

Although Ford is not yet at the peak of his artistic powers in The Iron Horse, the film is still immensely entertaining and fascinating as a glimpse of the early Ford.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's not a great film, but it is captivating in its grandeur.

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