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The Great Train Robbery

A posse chases a group of bandits after a daring train robbery.


Why watch this film?

Also known as 'The Great Train Robbery' or by its original title, 'Asalto y robo de un tren', is considered the first Western in history, as well as a crucial film for the evolution of cinema as we know it today. Directed by Edwin S. Porter and released in 1903, this movie was one of the first in history to incorporate location shoots, camera movements and a composite montage to show the simultaneous events of the story in different locations. Perhaps it is most famous for the iconic (and then provocative) image of actor Justus D. Barnes shooting towards the audience at the end of the movie, which has been alluded to in great later classics such as Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas', which ends with an identical shot of Joe Pesci.



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Plot summary

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

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Available at home