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Release Date:
14 June 1972 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Hershey ... Boxcar Bertha

David Carradine ... Big Bill Shelly

Barry Primus ... Rake Brown

Bernie Casey ... Von Morton

John Carradine ... H. Buckram Sartoris

Victor Argo ... McIver #1
David Osterhout ... McIver #2 (as David R. Osterhout)
Grahame Pratt ... Emeric Pressburger (credit only)
'Chicken' Holleman ... M. Powell (credit only)

Harry Northup ... Harvey Hall (as Harry Northrup)
Ann Morell ... Tillie Parr
Marianne Dole ... Mrs. Mailler
Joe Reynolds ... Joe Cox
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Cortez ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Boxcar Tough (uncredited)
Michael Fitzgerald ... Apple Peeler (uncredited)
Gayne Rescher ... Brothel Client (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Scorsese ... Brothel Client (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Ben L. Reitman (book "Sisters of the Road")

Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay) (as Joyce H. Corrington) &
John William Corrington (screenplay)

Produced by
Julie Corman .... associate producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer (uncredited)
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gib Guilbeau 
Thad Maxwell 
Cinematography by
John M. Stephens (director of photography) (as John Stephens)
Film Editing by
Buzz Feitshans 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
Paul Rapp .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Rapp .... assistant director
Russell Vreeland .... second assistant director (as Russ Vreeland)
Art Department
David Nichols .... visual consultant
Walter Starkey .... property master
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don F. Johnson)
Fred J. Brown .... sound editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ross Taylor .... sound editor (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Richard Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Patricia Watson .... stunt double: Barbara Hershey train jump (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer (as Larry Gillhooley)
John Murray .... key grip
Paul M. Pollard .... assistant camera (as Paul Pollard)
Alex Touyarot .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Modes .... costume supervisor (as Bob Modes)
Editorial Department
George Trirogoff .... assistant editor
Jack English .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Harvey Jacobson .... location coordinator
Music Department
Herb Cohen .... music producer
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Peter Fain .... production associate
Julian F. Myers .... unit publicist
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Bobbie Sierks .... script supervisor
David Sheldon .... production executive (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2004) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1974) | France:16 | France:16 (re-release) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Did You Know?

Schedule for the movie was 24 days (according to director Martin Scorsese's commentary for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)).See more »
Anachronisms: The currency shown in the film is all modern, post 1960s, with modern banking money bands.See more »
Mr. Mendes, Gambler:You're pretty. Very pretty. You have a remarkable figure. Quite - full.
Boxcar Bertha:Thank you.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Scorsese Directs A Sad Effort Early In His Career, 26 May 2016
Author: atlasmb from United States

The title role in "Boxcar Bertha" is played by Barbara Hershey who, at the time, was in a relationship with her costar, David Carradine (Big Bill Shelly). This work of fiction concerns the Depression-era South and a group of individuals who were victimized by poverty and racism.

Still, one cannot lose sight of the fact that it is a B-grade exploitation film, filled with graphic violence, gratuitous nudity, and glamorized gore. Young director Martin Scorsese gives the film plenty of visual style, but it only serves to glorify the baser elements of the story. Students of his career and his filmic methods can appreciate the variety of shots that populate the film, but it mostly serves as a baseline against which to compare his later efforts.

The film has been compared to "Bonnie and Clyde" for good reasons, but Scorsese is hamstrung with budgetary restraints and orders to include more nudity and blood--titillation to appease audiences at the local drive in theater, where it makes a perfect second billing. Any point of view that "Boxcar Bertha" might have conveyed is undermined by contradictory scenes and pointless pandering to lower appetites.

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