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Silver Streak (1976)

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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
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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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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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El expreso de Chicago  »

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This movie features two actors,the late Richard Kiel (Rease) and Clifton James (Sheriff Chauncey), who have each appeared in two James Bond movies playing popular characters. Kiel played killer for hire Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker". Clifton James played Sheriff JW Pepper in "Live and Let Die" and "The Man With the Golden Gun". See more »

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When George is dealing with Sheriff Chauncey, the gun is first seen on the tv with other items, but the next time it is seen, the top of the tv is empty except for the gun. See more »

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Grover Muldoon: [laughing] Man I thought you were an amateur, but you a real pro.
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By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat...
22 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Silver Streak is directed by Arthur Hiller and written by Colin Higgins. It stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty and Richard Pryor. Music is by Henry Mancini and cinematography by David M. Walsh. It is the first of four films that Wilder and Pryor would make together. Story finds Wilder as book editor George Caldwell, who upon boarding the Los Angeles to Chicago train finds himself mixed up with art forgers who are only too happy to commit murder to keep their dealings quiet. Fun, frolics and high speed danger will follow.

Amiable film that just about manages to blend Hitchcockian thriller values with silly comedy shenanigans; even throwing in a good old rousing disaster movie staple for the last quarter. Even though Pryor doesn't feature until the halfway point in the piece, this is very much a film that succeeds due to the chemistry between himself and Wilder. Sure the action is well handled, and the other major players are performing well (McGoohan sinister/ Clayburgh sweet/Beatty ebullient), but it's noticeable that the film considerably picks up on comedy value once Pryor enters the fray. With that in mind, picture feels too long at just under 2 hours, but it's never less than entertaining and was popular enough with cinema audiences to ensure Wilder and Pryor would go on to make the wonderful Stir Crazy 4 years later. 7/10


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