Based, in part, on "The Road" by Jack London and "From Coast to Coast with Jack London."
Set on the Pacific Northwest railways at the height of the Depression, this is the story of how a crafty, train-hopping drifter, "A-No. 1," and his young accomplice encounter Shack, a sadistic railroad conductor who has sworn that no hobo will ride his train for free. "A" is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train
Special features: Commentary by historian Dana Polan; TV spots; theatrical trailer
Directed by Robert Aldrich ; screenplay by Christopher Knopf ; produced by Stanley Hough ; Kenneth Hyman, executive producer ; music by Frank De Vol ; cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc ; edited by Michael Luciano
Lee Marvin (A no. 1), Ernest Borgnine (Shack), Keith Carradine (Cigaret), Charles Tyner (Cracker), Malcolm Atterbury (Hogger), Simon Oakland (Policeman), Harry Caesar (Coaly), Hal Baylor (Yardman's helper), Matt Clark (Yardlet), Elisha Cook Jr. (Gray Cat), Joe Di Reda (Dinger), Liam Dunn (Smile), Robert Foulk (Conductor), Raymond Guth (Preacher), Sid Haig (Grease Tail), Vic Tayback (Yardman), Dave Willock (Groundhog), Lance Henriksen (Railroad worker)
DVD release of the 1973 film
English, French and Spanish language tracks ; Subtitles available in English and Spanish