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Release Date:
3 December 1976 (USA) See more »
By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat, it's the most hilarious suspense ride of your life! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Wilder, Pryor and a runaway train See more (87 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Wilder ... George

Jill Clayburgh ... Hilly

Richard Pryor ... Grover

Patrick McGoohan ... Devereau

Ned Beatty ... Sweet

Clifton James ... Sheriff Chauncey

Ray Walston ... Mr. Whiney

Stefan Gierasch ... Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ... Chief

Valerie Curtin ... Plain Jane
Lucille Benson ... Rita Babtree

Scatman Crothers ... Ralston

Richard Kiel ... Reace

Fred Willard ... Jerry Jarvis
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Burt (as Delos V. Smith)
Mathilda Calnan ... Blue-Haired Lady (as Matilda Calnan)
Nick Stewart ... Shoeshiner
Margarita García ... Mexican Mama-San (as Margarita Garcia)
Jack Mather ... Conductor
Henry Beckman ... Conventioneer
Steve Weston ... Conventioneer

Harvey Atkin ... Conventioneer
Lloyd White ... Porter
Ed McNamara ... Benny
Raymond Guth ... Night Watchman
John Daheim ... Engineer #2 (as John Day)
Jack O'Leary ... Fat Man #1
Lee McLaughlin ... Fat Man #2
Bill Henderson ... Red Cap
Tom Erhart ... Cab Driver
Gordon Hurst ... Moose
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Gain ... Police Detective (uncredited)

Wendy Girard ... Girl on the train (uncredited)

J.A. Preston ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cal Wilson ... Silver Streak Steward (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Writing credits
Colin Higgins (written by)

Produced by
Edward K. Milkis .... producer
Thomas L. Miller .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... executive producer
Frank Yablans .... executive producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Bretherton (edited by)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Makeup Department
Joan Phillips .... hairdresser
William Tuttle .... makeup
Production Management
Jack B. Bernstein .... production manager
Peter V. Herald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max Kleven .... second unit director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
L. Andrew Stone .... second assistant director (as Lively Andrew Stone)
Art Department
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold M. Etherington .... sound mixer (as Hal Etherington)
William Hartman .... sound editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... rerecording mixer (as Don Mitchell)
Edward Rossi .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Fred Cramer .... special effects
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process consultant (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Janet Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double: Jill Clayburgh (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt double: Gene Wilder (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee McLaughlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Oliney .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Ralph Woolsey .... photography: second unit
James F. Boyle .... best boy (uncredited)
Lowell Crisp .... electrician (uncredited)
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Victor King .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Al LaVerde .... grip (uncredited)
John McDonald .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Phillip R. Sarabia .... grip best boy (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frederic J. Smith .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Canada (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Garr .... wardrobe
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe (as Michael Harte)
Editorial Department
Hugh K. Cummings .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Kenneth J. Hall)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor: additional photography and second unit (uncredited)
Paul Schultz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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  • Intrada  score album: limited edition (uncredited)
  • Panavision  photographic equipment

Additional Details

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When George reacts to seeing Grover hiding in the back of the police car for the first time, he violently turns the steering wheel and yet the handcuff keys in the dash do not move.See more »
George Caldwell:What do you think?
Grover Muldoon:I think you better make a right up here and then a sharp left. I'm coming over.
[climbs over the seat. George suddenly swerves the car, causing Grover to lunge forward]
Grover Muldoon:Jesus Christ, man, is that how you murdered your victims? Put them in a car and bounced them to death?
George Caldwell:Sorry.
Grover Muldoon:Sorry, my ass. You dangerous... Proves one thing though, you don't do this for no living.
George Caldwell:No I don't.
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40 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Wilder, Pryor and a runaway train, 21 January 2001
Author: dennisayers from United States

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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