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Silver Streak (1976)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  3 December 1976 (USA)
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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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George
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Hilly
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Devereau
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Sweet
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Sheriff Chauncey
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Mr. Whiney
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Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ...
Chief
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Plain Jane
Lucille Benson ...
Rita Babtree
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Ralston
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Reace
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Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
Burt (as Delos V. Smith)
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Storyline

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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By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat, it's the most hilarious suspense ride of your life! See more »


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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Chicago  »

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SEK 13,792,885 (Sweden)
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Trivia

When the scene where Grover puts the shoe polish on George's face to make him appear to be black was first filmed, a white man walked in and believed George was black. Richard Pryor was uncomfortable with the scene and felt it would be funnier if a black man walked in and is not fooled at all. Pryor asked Arthur Hiller for a re-shoot but Hiller refused. Pryor walked off the set and refused to return to filming until the scene was changed. Hiller relented and Pryor's idea was used for the final cut. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Bob climbs up to the top of the train with George to retrieve the part of the professor's clothing. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Jarvis: I've received a report from the signal towers they see no engineer in the cab.
Chief Donaldson: Great, now you got the facts; why don't you just throw one of the switches and have the train run off on a siding.
Jerry Jarvis: That's the problem; all the tracks are computer programed. Switching the Silver Streak would only cause a collision with another train.
Chief Donaldson: Then what the hell are you going to do? There're people riding on that train!
Jerry Jarvis: Oh God... You see the standard procedure in such a case would be to derail the train.
Chief Donaldson: ...
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A very solid effort for the comedic duo of Wilder and Pryor
22 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is THE film to see, if you're a fan of either Gene Wilder or Richard Pryor. Although Pryor's stay in the film is rather short, it is perhaps his greatest comedic work outside of his monumental stand up routines. A combination, the Lady Vanishes, and slap stick, this film succeeds because it blends these elements together in a way that makes the flow easy and entertaining. These are situations and reactions to them, that we the audience can envision ourselves partaking in. They don't get crazy mad cap like in an Abbot and Costello film, and yet they don't take themselves too seriously either. A great end to the film, with a truly amazing crash through Chicago Union Station by a runaway Locomotive.


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