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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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Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ...
Plain Jane
Lucille Benson ...
Rita Babtree
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
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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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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)


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1.85 : 1
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The film was the first picture made by Martin Ransohoff Frank Yablans Productions. The producers were so impressed with Colin Higgins' script that they made it the first film of their then new production company. See more »


Camera crew reflected in the windows of a train station as the train pulls away. See more »


George Caldwell: You're very beautiful, Hilly.
Hilly Burns: I like you too, George.
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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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