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4,445 Ratings

The Gold Rush

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
United States, 1925
Adventure, Comedy, Drama


The Little Tramp heads to Alaska to try his luck at searching for gold. In this vast landscape packed with avalanches, the incomparable Tramp seeks his fortune, but faces more than he bargained for when he’s forced to deal with blizzards, criminals, and falling in love.

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The Gold Rush Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1943 | 2 nominations including: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

National Film Preservation Board

1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

It’s still a riot in spite of the despair, as Chaplin manages to find humor in even the most desperate situations—a talent derived, no doubt, from growing up in abject poverty. This also holds the distinction of featuring what is perhaps Chaplin’s best performance as the Tramp.
January 20, 2017
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Although the opening extreme long shots of an endless line of prospectors struggling up over a mountain pass are impressive, much of the action takes place in studio sets, sometimes standing in for alpine locations. Both the cabins, Black Larsen’s and Hank Curtis’, are like little proscenium stages, with the action captured from the front. Yet the film depends on its brilliant succession of gags and on the Prospector’s status as the underdog who is also the resilient and eternal optimist.
December 29, 2015
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The film would, of course, offer one magical high point after another, of both comedy and pathos (the dinner-roll dance, the eating of the boiled shoe, the teetering and tottering cabin on the cliff’s edge, the thwarted New Year’s Eve date), all of them woven together with [Chaplin’s] typical emotional clarity and expert visual storytelling.
February 03, 2014
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