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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:39 PM

“The Great Train Robbery” (1903)

America’s lust for gun culture and gun violence has been a staple in its movie industry all through the 20th century.

110 years ago “The Great Train Robbery” was filmed. It was based on Butch Cassidy’s robbing of a train in 1899. Although the original robbery did not result in any deaths, the same cannot be said for the movie version.



Usual Hollywood clichés regarding guns. A few highlights:

09’00”—Dance scene. Notice the man entering the room who is reluctant to dance. See how the other men "entice" him to dance by shooting at his feet? How many times did we see this schtick in Hollywood westerns during the 20th century?

10’20”—Big “shoot ‘em up” with the bandits getting their just deserts (not true for the original robbery; both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid got away).

11’15”—??? What the hell is this? Can someone explain the last 15 seconds?

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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:42 PM

1. That "shot" at the end was a gimmick.

Just a shock technique that theater owners were free to put at either the end or the beginning. It had nothing to do with anything.

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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:21 PM

2. Guess this isn't your intent, but I just think it's cool that we can look

back over a century at movies for the first time in history.

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