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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:R18+ | 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?

After he finished this film, Martin Scorsese screened it for John Cassavetes. Cassavetes, after seeing it, hugged Scorsese and said, "Marty, you've just spent a whole year of your life making a piece of shit. It's a good picture, but you're better than the people who make this kind of movie. Don't get hooked into the exploitation market, just try and do something different." Scorsese's next film was Mean Streets (1973).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the beginning of the film, when the biplane lands on the grassy field, the sound of airplane wheels landing on a cement runway is clearly heard.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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Movie Connections:
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30 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Scorsese's second, 27 March 2002
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

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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