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Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R  |   |  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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David Osterhout ...
McIver #2 (as David R. Osterhout)
Grahame Pratt ...
Emeric Pressburger (credit only)
'Chicken' Holleman ...
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Harvey Hall (as Harry Northrup)
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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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Release Date:

14 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lázadók ökle  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There are no characters in the film named Emeric Pressburger or M. Powell, and there are no such actors as Grahame Pratt or "Chicken" Holleman. Director Martin Scorsese added them to the cast list as a tribute to filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. See more »


The boxcars rolling behind the characters in the 1930s, have dates stenciled on them indicating that they have been tested and repaired in the 1970s. See more »


Boxcar Bertha: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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13 December 2000 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Scorsese refers to this 1972 Roger Corman quickie--he shot it in the deep South in twenty-one days--as his "exploitation picture." Funny, that--if it came out today, it'd be the height of the Arty Independent Film. Barbara Hershey and David Carradine are this movie's knockoff of Bonnie and Clyde; the script ain't much, but Scorsese storyboarded every shot and hoo doggie! This guy was the greatest shotmaker ever, even when he was on Skid Row. Rent it for Hershey's lyrical style and the chance to discern the fetus of a genius.

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