On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

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A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him. Written by Alfred Jingle

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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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SEK 13,792,885 (Sweden)
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Patrick McGoohan was only cast after the first choice died. See more »

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The porter claims the locomotives are not accessible from inside the train. FP7 diesels (and similar streamlined units) were equipped with access hatches in the front and rear. It is unlikely that a railroad employee who regularly works on passenger trains would not have known this. See more »

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Rita: They talk of the joy of sex but it doesn't last like the fun of flying.
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The best movie starring Pryor and Wilder
16 June 2004 | by (Breda, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Though Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder have made about 5 films together this one really shows the chemistry between them.

Gene Wilder is a somewhat average guy that gets involved in a mysterious murder by accident. In the attempts to get rid of him by the criminals he's forced to seek the support of various different individuals, of which Richard Pryor and the cow-farming lady flying the WOI airplane are the most remarkable characters.

Though both Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, as well as Ned Beatty, give the movie the label "comedy", Patrick Mc Goohan and Richard "Jaws" Kiel give it a real thriller character at the same moment: they keep up their performance of tough killers without a sense of humor effortlessly.

The movie itself starts somewhat slowly, but just when you start to feel disappointed because you think you're watching a soft romantic road(train)-movie, a hilarious rat-race is about to start!

Always agreeable to watch whenever it's broad-casted again...


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