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Boxcar Bertha (1972)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1972 (USA)
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During the depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

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H. Buckram Sartoris
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McIver #2 (as David R. Osterhout)
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Emeric Pressburger (credit only)
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Harvey Hall (as Harry Northrup)
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Tillie Parr
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Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30's meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and they team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment and she is eventually sucked into a life of crime with him. Written by alfiehitchie

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Life made her an outcast. Love made her an outlaw. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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14 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lázadók ökle  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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After he finished this film, Martin Scorsese screened the film for John Cassavetes. Cassavetes, after seeing this film, hugged Scorsese and said, "Marty, you've just spent a whole year of your life making a piece of shit. It's a good picture, but you're better than the people who make this kind of movie. Don't get hooked into the exploitation market, just try and do something different." Scorsese's next film was Mean Streets (1973). See more »

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Rake is shot out the rear of the railroad president's private car, but Bertha watches it from the front of the locomotive, which should be out of sight of the car. See more »

Quotes

'Big' Bill Shelly: Hey, Bertha!
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An Underrated Martin Scorsese Classic
1 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before Martin Scorsese did classic work such as Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Gangs of New York, Casino, Cape Fear, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Boxcar Bertha was his first masterpiece of crime. I consider Boxcar Bertha to be the Road to Perdition of the 70's. I comment that because these films take place in the depression era, where jobs are lost and people are finding ways to make money. in the film, Barbera Hershey and David Carradine joined together to heist money and stay together. It's a masterpiece of crime, intelligence and an unforgetable ending that will leave you breathless. Even though for a small film that isn't recognizable as it is today thanks to filmmaker Martin Scorsese, people should get a chance to see a good movie instead of these phony blockbusters that are in movie theatres now.


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