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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
Mr. Whiney
Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ...
Plain Jane
Lucille Benson ...
Rita Babtree
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
Burt (as Delos V. Smith)


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)  »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Chicago  »

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SEK 13,792,885 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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Masculinity in 1976
24 May 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the cinema as a teenager when it came out. It was sold, I think, as a Hitchcock parody and I thought parodies were great. Gene Wilder was the star, that was one more reason for me to see it, as I had greatly enjoyed his performance in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. Stuff like that attracted me much more than movies with Robert Redford or Charles Bronson who then were the big male heroes of the screen.

Now, a good 30 years later, I watched Silver Streak a second time. It is an unusual mixture of comedy, action thriller and disaster movie. Characters like the ones played by Wilder, Clayburgh or Pryor seem to have become extinct – in the movies, I mean. They just seem to be so ... ordinary and normal and also kind hearted. Everything about Silver Streak is so unpretentious, seeing it today that really was a kind of a revelation to me.

A lot of the movie deals with masculinity and the assertion of it. It all happens in a very relaxed manner. Nothing and nobody is taken too seriously, conquests are made without effort, failure is accepted with grace. In a strange way, this movie really represents a better, unattainable world. I doubt if someone like Gene Wilder wold make it as a movie star today – the public, it seems, needs the grimaces of Jim Carrey to be amused. Pity.

Come to think of it, in France they had a movie comedian who looked very similar to Wilder. His name was Pierre Richard and his fame reached its zenith at about the same time as Wilder's before fizzling out somewhere in the eighties, when the Stallones and Schwarzeneggers took over.

Silver Streak is an entertaining and – in a positive way - forgettable movie. It has a pleasant musical score by Henry Mancini, this great eclecticist of the 20th century. The older I'm getting the more I enjoy his music and respect his enormous body of work.

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