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From Leadville to Aspen: A Hold-Up in the Rockies (1906)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Western | 30 June 1906 (USA)

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From the point of view of the front end of a train, a group of robbers on a handcar rob the train and murder one of its crew.

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From the point of view of the front end of a train, a group of robbers on a handcar rob the train and murder one of its crew.

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Short | Crime | Western

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| (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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1.33 : 1
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Originally made to be shown to railroad crews to give them an idea of what to expect if bandits attempted to hold up their train. See more »

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As the train pulls out of the station, signs on the station are for towns in upstate New York, not Colorado. See more »

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Born to Track.
12 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the camera mounted on the moving train From Leadville to Aspen: A Holdup in the Rockies is exactly that: one long tracking shot from one town to the next with said incident in between.

Steaming out of Leadville the camera captures countryside and farmhouse in a nice leisurely fashion. Along the way desperadoes intercept the train mortally wound a train employee and make off with the loot on a hand car. Things really pick up now as the law pursues the outlaws in a buggy. After a brief exchange of gunfire with casualties the outlaws surrender.

This Great Train Robbery clone lacks the pace, editing (there simply is none) and scenery changes of the archetype but it does a fine job of following the pursuit from the camera's commanding position on the moving train in the film's final moments to salvage some of it.


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