6.9/10
12,908
87 user 39 critic

Silver Streak (1976)

Trailer
3:07 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stir Crazy (1980)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance
Another You (1991)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

George has been in a mental hospital for 3 years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con-man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Phillips
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Mercedes Ruehl
Hanky Panky (1982)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Completely innocent man, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she's later murdered, Michael becomes the chief suspect and goes on the run.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Kathleen Quinlan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

On his way to work, Teddy spots Charlotte - an incredibly beautiful Woman in Red. He really wants to meet her - but what would his wife say?

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Charles Grodin
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The younger brother of the consulting detective tries to steal Sherlock's glory by solving an important case assisted by an eccentric Scotland Yard detective and a lovely but suspicious actress.

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise
Horror | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Larry Abbot, speaker in the radio horror shows of Manhattan Mystery Theater wants to marry. For the marriage he takes his fiancée home to the castle where he grew up among his eccentric ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »

Directors: Oz Scott, Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Angel Ramirez Jr.
The Toy (1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
George
...
Hilly
...
...
Devereau
...
Sweet
...
Sheriff Chauncey
...
Mr. Whiney
...
Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ...
Chief
...
Plain Jane
Lucille Benson ...
Rita Babtree
...
Ralston
...
Reace
...
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
Burt (as Delos V. Smith)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

train | love | murder | sidekick | police | See All (117) »

Taglines:

It's the Most Hilarious Suspense Ride of Your Life! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Chicago  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Every time Gene Wilder's character falls off of the train, he shouts "Son of a bitch". See more »

Goofs

During the chopper/engine shootout scenes the weather goes from mostly cloudy/overcast to a clear blue sky several times. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Jarvis: I can't take that responsibility. I better get my boss.
Chief Donaldson: You better do something, you idiot, because in ten minutes you're going to have two hundred tons of locomotive smashing through Central Station on its way to Marshall Field's.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Funny film with references to some classics
28 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gene Wilder is the ordinary man caught up in murder and mayhem on the train "Silver Streak" in this 1976 comedy starring Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Ned Beatty, Ray Walston, and Patrick McGoohan. In a quasi-homage to Hitchcock, Wilder plays George Caldwell, who falls for the lovely Hilly (Jill Clayburgh) and finds himself mixed up in art fraud, missing letters of Rembrandt, and murder. Not only that, he keeps getting thrown off of the train. One of those times, he meets up with a criminal, Grover Muldoon (Pryor) who happens to be in the police car he steals. In the funniest scene in the film, Grover has George buy the cap, shoe polish, sunglasses and radio from a shoe polisher at the train station and makes George a black jiver so he can get by the feds.

There are lots of funny scenes in this film, but the best part of it is the chemistry between Wilder and Pryor, who became a successful screen team. This, however, is their best teaming. The bad guys are great. McGoohan and Walston act as if they're in a heavy duty suspense film, which makes them real and threatening. It works perfectly against the comic aspects of the film.

Hitchcock fans will see this as a mild takeoff on "North by Northwest." It is, but it stands on its own as well.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Loved this movie when I was a kid, but... bruinkid
Horribly directed, nauseously acted, incredibly boring danielj_old999
I love this movie, but..... stevewyzard
Talk about Huge Goofs tenn9fan
Jill Clayburgh marvgutkin
After Gene Puts on the Shoe Polish Berrywine
Discuss Silver Streak (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?