Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
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
While the climactic ending of the movie was filmed in a California aircraft hangar, the final POV approach shot coming into "Central Station" is actually on Track 2 of what is now the Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) in Chicago. While Chief Donaldson describes the danger as "two hundred tons of locomotive smashing through Central Station on its way to Marshall Field's," it would have to turn left in order to do so, as Track 2 comes in due south, and Marshall Field's (now Macy's) is about a mile off to the east. The Silver Streak would in fact shoot through the lobby of OTC, slide down the escalators, and land in a big heap in the middle of Madison Street. See more »
The train was supposed to be traveling through the American Midwest. Filming was done in Alberta Canada and in one scene the train passes a small town with a grain elevator which is plainly marked "Alberta Wheat Pool". See more »
[Grover is attempting to hot wire a Jaguar]
I'm following the plan. Just changed my mind.
Are you crazy? I thought we were gonna take the Chevy in back.
Chevy? That's a jerk-off, man. This here is pure pussy.
Pure pussy? Tell that to the judge.
Don't worry about no judge, Man, this thing gonna get us to Kansas City on time.
How about jail? Did you know that the office is right in front of us?
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A very solid effort for the comedic duo of Wilder and Pryor
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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