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Gold Rush

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.52 /10
Charles Chaplin , Georgia Hale, Mark Swain
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Directed by: Charles Chaplin
Written by: Charles Chaplin

Released: 1925
Origin: US
Length: 142

A poor prospector (Charlie Chaplin, pictured) has poor prospects, but suddenly strikes it rich.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of Chaplin's most successful movies. The comic set-pieces (including the dance of the bread-rolls and Charlie eating his boot and laces) show his talents to the full: it's the glutinous sentimentality in between which is hard to take. In 1958, an international jury voted the silent version the second-greatest film of all time (after Eisenstein's Potemkin); but some modern critics, including myself, feel Chaplin is too strained in his attempts to ingratiate himself. The truncated sound version issued in 1942 is to be avoided.

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