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Boxcar Bertha (1972)

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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Meet Boxcar Bertha...just a little country girl with a talent for lovin', a taste for violence, and a banged-up boxcar for a boudoir. 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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The Reader Railroad was the actual name of the railroad where the train scenes were filmed. It opened in 1889 and is still in business, used at various times for freight, tourism and movie service. At the time of filming it was still regularly using vintage equipment, most notably steam locomotives. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Boxcar Bertha: Bill, I wanna thank you. You're a real straight shooter.
'Big' Bill Shelly: Hey, whoa, honey, I'm not that straight shooter.
Boxcar Bertha: Huh?
'Big' Bill Shelly: I mean, you ain't even seen me shoot.
Boxcar Bertha: Huh?
'Big' Bill Shelly: I'll at least light a fire for you. You probably don't even have any matches. Do you?
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Piano Sonata no. 11 in A, K. 331, Mov. 3
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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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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