Update: I've been away from the computer all day, but it's been brought to my attention that I took the below picture at face value as an Emperor of the North image, but it is really from The Professionals, another quality Lee Marvin picture. So, apologies for the mistake, even if it was an honest one. I mean, Lee Marvin on a train... right? The picture is still cool and I'm trying to dig up another set of cool Emperor of the North images to make amends with.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
How badass is Emperor of the North? Lee Marvin hits people with live chickens. Ernest Borgnine murders train-hopping bums with a twinkle in his eye that is less than sane. Directed by the great Robert Aldrich, Emperor of the North is one of the most badass men’s men movies from the ‘70s that nobody talks about.
I did my part when interviewed Ernest Borgnine, but I could devote a fansite to this movie I love it so much, so here my enthusiasm leaks into this BTS column.
Aldrich insisted on filming on a real, moving train, which is pure balls and makes all the difference in the world when you see the finished product.
That also means a great behind the scenes shot of the camera crew precariously placed on a small platform built into the steam engine as Lee Marvin holds on, probably for dear life.
The movie is out on DVD, seek it out. Trust me. In the meantime let’s look at the pic!
Once again thanks to Pat Barnett for the cool image! Click to embiggen!
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Even tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic goes a little crazy sometimes!