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Silver Streak (1976)

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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Professor Schreiner & Johnson
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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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It's the Most Hilarious Suspense Ride of Your Life! See more »


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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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El expreso de Chicago  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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The type of twin open cockpit vintage plane was a de Havilland Tiger Moth model DH 82-C which had been built in 1950. Its serial number was 1481 and its scenes were filmed in the Mojave Desert in California. Publicity for the film stated that the plane was owned by actor Cliff Robertson. The plane was painted with water soluble silver paint to camouflage its original colors which were white with orange on a strip down the sides and also on its leading edges. See more »

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When Rita and George buzz the sheep for the first time there is clearly only one person in the plane. See more »

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Jerry Jarvis: Silver Streak is a runaway. What do we do?
Benny: Jeez, it'll be here in four minutes!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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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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