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One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, this film finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny's fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton's boundless wit and dexterity.
Considered the best of Buster Keaton’s silent comedies, and consisently ranked as one of the greatest films of all time, The General begins with a single, brilliantly sustained premise and becomes an engaging story that combines excitement, stunningly conceived stunts and gags, spectacular set pieces, touching romance, and a heart-stopping finale.
Click here to read a review by Roger Ebert.