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Silver Streak (1976)

 -  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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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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Plain Jane
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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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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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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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SEK 13,792,885 (Sweden)
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When the scene where Grover puts the shoe polish on George's face to make him appear to be black was first filmed, a white man walked in and believed George was black. Richard Pryor was uncomfortable with the scene and felt it would be funnier if a black man walked in and is not fooled at all. Pryor asked Arthur Hiller for a re-shoot but Hiller refused. Pryor walked off the set and refused to return to filming until the scene was changed. Hiller relented and Pryor's idea was used for the final cut. See more »

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When Johnson tells Hilly to sit at the diner of the train, his mouth doesn't move. See more »

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George Caldwell: [looking at the wrecked locomotive] Kind of looks like it's grinning.
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A VERY '70s Hollywood Film,
11 August 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Arthur Hiller's 1976 film is the epitome - and one of the best and at times, the worst - example of what Hollywood came synonymous for in the 1970s.

Ending with one of those truly great action set-pieces, when such were actually filmed and not with a computer mouse and starting out with the oh-so-smooth Gene Wilder getting his wicked way with the delectable Jill Clayburgh, an awful lot happens in-between.

Taking - and featuring huge chunks of influence from James Bond (inc 'Jaws', the iron-toothed giant), Hitchcock (crime capers on moving trains, espionage, intrigue) and loads of over-the-top big Americanism, this is a rail-road coaster of a ride. You can see bits that have helped influence later films, too and the start of the delicious pairing between Wilder and black comedian Richard Pryor, which spilled out over into the future Stir Crazy and Blazing Saddles.

Yes, a lot of it is nonsense - this is essentially Sunday afternoon TV fun, now. There's clever innuendo, dumb stunts, big scenery and baddies. It does pop up on Film 4 and Sky Movies every once in a while, showing that it is still has a place and though obviously looking pretty dated now, you can't go far wrong with this one.


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