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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Chauncey
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Len Birman ...
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Rita Babtree
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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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Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Chicago  »

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SEK 13,792,885 (Sweden)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Richard Kiel plays a henchman named Reace who has metal teeth. Kiel would soon play another henchman named Jaws with metal teeth in the James Bond movies "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker (1979). See more »


When Deveroux is hanging out the engine the cab door is obviously open but as the train is going along the cab door is closed then at the station when the people are looking at the engine the cab door is open. See more »


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Jerry Jarvis: This is Jerry Jarvis, I'm the assistant controller.
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Wilder, Pryor and a runaway train
21 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

AFI listed this as one of the top 100 comedies, and I think they got it right. This was the first and best pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Unlike their later movies together, this one isn't simply a buddy flick. Its also a romantic comedy thriller and nails every genre it aims for. It was written by Colin Higgins, the guy who wrote Harold & Maude. He is a genius at witty dialog which is most apparent in the first act, where Wilder meets Jill Clayburgh on a train, the two get drunk and seduce one another. Despite the fact that no nudity is involved, the sophisticated verbal exchanges between Wilder and Clayburgh and Henry Mancini's lovely theme combine to make for a really gorgeous love scene. Who would have thought Gene Wilder could be sexy?

A very similar film (and almost as good) is "Foul Play," written and also directed by Colin Higgins in 1978. If you liked this one, you should see that as well.

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