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Parents' Guide to

The Gold Rush

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A great silent comedy classic, with comic gunplay.

Movie NR 1925 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+


A great family film for almost any age, our kids loved it and laughed all the way through. It's not too heavy, and the 'title cards' are easily read out loud to help the smaller ones learn how to read.

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age 9+

Not Charlie's best, still comedy brilliance!

For now I'll still hold he's done better work in "The Circus" and "City Lights" especially, but this was an adorable piece of comedy genius from Chaplin, the undisputed slapstick king. The dinner roll scene is the cherry on top of this movie, which, for my taste, dragged a bit near the end, especially the tedious tipping cabin scene.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

What sets this film apart from other slapstick silent masterpieces is emotion and pathos. The Lone Prospector -- pretty identical to Chaplin's emblematic Little Tramp character -- has a wistful, sentimental quality that makes his pratfalls, disappointments, and victories as much human as humor.

Most best-of-all-time lists include The Gold Rush. It enriched young cinema with immortal imagery: The Lone Prospector not noticing he's being followed by a bear; the "little fellow" appearing to the hallucinating, starving Big Jim as a giant chicken; and the New Year's Eve dream where the hero entertains a group of beauties by making a pair of dinner rolls with forks stuck in them into adept dancing feet.

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