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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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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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The song 'Big' Bill Shelley and his guys are singing when Bertha rescues them is an A Capella by Vera Hall, called "Trouble So Hard". See more »

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When Bertha first takes the feather at the party, the right strap of her dress is drooping. In the next shot, it's up on her shoulder. See more »

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Boxcar Bertha: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Scorsese's second
27 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese got hired by Roger Corman, I presume, to make this "based on true story" movie of a boxcar thief and robber named Bertha whom with some other robbers stole their way into a small piece in history but got into strife towards the end. It isn't one of his best pictures since he really was just the director and the script and the actors did more work than he needed to do on the picture. Like The Color of Money, it's a film that if he didn't direct it it wouldn't of made much of a difference in the outcome.

Still, give credit where credit is due, and those (very few I might think) that heard what Cassavettes said to Scoresese after the movie got released (he told Marty that it was a piece of s*** and to work on something better- which he did with Mean Streets) should disregard it. Overall, Boxcar Bertha is a watchable and good piece of cinema with some decent performances and an overall feel that works in it's "tradition of Bonnie & Clyde" genre. Hershey and Carradine are also good. Just don't expect anything ground-breaking, unlike the next 5 out of 6 movies Scorsese would make in the next eight years after this. B+


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