The Great Train Robbery
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Director Edwin S. Porter made film history when he completed the 13 sequences for the 12-minute The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903 but based on an 1896 story by Scott Marble. Featuring the first parallel development of separate, simultaneous scenes, and the first close-up (of an outlaw firing off a shot right at the audience), The Great Train Robbery is among the earliest narrative films with a "Western" setting. The opening scenes show the outlaws holding up the passengers and robbing the mail car in the train, before escaping on horseback. After being knocked out by the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"This has proved to be the most influential of all the early US films and it was the first to tell a definite story."
‑ , Film4
"The most widely viewed picture of its time."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A landmark in the development of the American film industry and the narrative form."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the milestones in film history was the first narrative film, The Great Train Robbery (1903), directed and photographed by Edwin S. Porter"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Must see viewing for this very brief silent film, the first American movie telling a sequenced story."
‑ Steve Crum,
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