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14 June 1972 (USA) See more »
Life made her an outcast. Love made her an outlaw. See more »
During the depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The worlds of Corman and Scorsese collide, and the results? Pretty damn good! See more (43 total) »


  (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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The train sequences were shot first and they took about a week. This was done to get the most complicated element of the production, working with a moving train, out of the way first.See more »
Errors in geography: The caboose the gang robs is of a distinctive design used only by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, which did not run through Arkansas.See more »
Boxcar Bertha:I want somethin' I ain't ever had.
'Big' Bill Shelly:How you gonna get that?
Boxcar Bertha:Guts and luck.
'Big' Bill Shelly:Luck! Hell, luck is bein' a Vanderbilt or a Carnegie.
Boxcar Bertha:Just grabbin' somethin' good when it comes by.
'Big' Bill Shelly:Sure, enough, honey.
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The worlds of Corman and Scorsese collide, and the results? Pretty damn good!, 24 February 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Roger Corman's indirect influence on the 70s movie renaissance is often overlooked. Many of that decade's key players served their apprenticeships on Corman's quickies. Directors like Coppola, Bogdanovich, Bartel and Demme, and actors like Nicholson, Hopper, Fonda, Dern, Stanton, and even De Niro.

Add Martin Scorsese to that list. 'Boxcar Bertha', his movie directly before the breakthrough 'Mean Streets', may not display his talent in full, but it is a surprisingly well shot and acted, and is an above average b-grade movie with a lot of entertainment value.

Like similar Corman productions from this period ('Bloody Mama', 'Dillinger', 'Big Bad Mama') it is a Depression era look at flamboyant criminals. An exploitation movie for sure, but exploitation with style and class. Barbara Hershey (who would reunite with Scorsese in seriously underrated 'The Last Temptation Of Christ') plays the title role, but the real star of the movie is her then real life partner David Carradine ('Kung Fu', 'Death Race 2000'), who gives a strong, charismatic performance. The supporting cast includes blaxploitation legend Bernie Casey ('Cleopatra Jones',etc.), Carradine's veteran character actor father John, and Scorsese/Ferrara regular Victor Argo ('Taxi Driver', 'King Of New York').

'Boxcar Bertha' is by no means one of Scorsese's greatest achievements, but it is nothing to be embarrassed about either. Check it out sometime. It's much better than you would think.

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