Emperor of the North is a gritty, violent film which takes place during the Great Depression centering around the railroads, where homeless men would routinely lose their lives trying to catch a free ride. Essentially it's Lee Marvin, king of the bums, who is praised for his ability to hop on trains and escape the guards VS. Ernest Borgnine, a sadis tic railroad cop, who has a reputation for brutally beating men to their death for trying to get a free ride on his train. The film's gritty, violent demeanor shows how the depression turned men into animals, just trying to survive. Although Ernest Borgnine may overact a bit in this film, he is a tough, mean mofo. I mean the stare he gives! Bone rattling, and Aldrich takes advantage. spending a lot of time focused on this stone-cold man. The film does have it's odd moments, like some very upbeat music that comes in at times and quite frankly feels completely outta place. There is some other great music though. You can probably tell from the cast alone, this film oozes masculinity and it's an unrelenting look into a specific area which was affected by the Great Depression.
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