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Director:
Writer:
Colin Higgins (written by)
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Release Date:
3 December 1976 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat, it's the most hilarious suspense ride of your life! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Hitchcockian Thriller Played For Laughs See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (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)

J.A. Preston ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cal Wilson ... Silver Streak Steward (uncredited)
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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 (music by)
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton (edited by)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (casting by)
 
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Ralph Woolsey .... photography: second unit
Lowell Crisp .... electrician (uncredited)
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... 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)
 
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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Publicity for the picture stated that the film was Gene Wilder's first movie for a considerable time where Wilder was not a writer on it.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When George finds Grover and swerves the car, the background moves much less than what the swerving steering wheel and screeching tires convey.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry Jarvis:Silver Streak is a runaway. What do we do?
Benny:Jeez, it'll be here in four minutes!
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A Hitchcockian Thriller Played For Laughs, 30 September 2003
Author: britishdominion

"Silver Streak" was released the very same year the Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, released his black-comedy swan song, "Family Plot". Though Hitch was in the very twilight of his long, illustrious career, his playful style was alive and well, and well appropriated, in Hollywood. The Master didn't make this movie - Canadian Arthur ("Love Story") Hiller did - but the unmistakable fingerprints and shop-hewn template of Hitchcock's "North By Northwest" (amongst other classics) are in great display thanks to writer Colin ("Foul Play") Higgins in the cheery, breezy action comedy, "Silver Streak".

"Silver Streak" is the first of four Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor match-ups and certainly in retrospect, one of the best. Wilder is an ordinary Joe taking the titular Amtrak train across country. In the midst of his journey, he befriends and beds fellow passenger Jill ("An Unmarried Woman") Clayburgh, ends up witnessing a murder then is wrongly accused of the crime, and is thrown off the train many, many times in his pursuit to clear his name, save the girl from a mysterious villain and get to the other side of the country.

This is a very gentle but funny comedy that plays with the conventions of one of Hitch's favorite themes, the mistaken identity of everyday man in extraordinary circumstances. Wilder is wonderful, fitfully funny as usual and shines as both a romantic lead (!) and does his patented "crazy" guy when things start falling apart. Just watching Wilder's eyes as he exasperatedly tries to explain out the fantastic plot he's wrapped up in to unbelieving characters along the way is one of the film's funniest, simplest rewards.

The film's masterstroke, however, is the addition of Richard Pryor as a part-time thief. Pryor was in the midst of a very hot career in 1976, and although this film seems to restrain some of the imagination and language of his stage presence and TV specials, (this is a PG-rated movie, after all), he still creates an indelible extended 'cameo' that fuses film with a hip, perfectly cool counterbalance to Wilder's mania and confusion. When Pryor is on screen he not only steals the film, but also elevates this old-fashioned adventure-comedy concept to something otherwise original... and you can't take your eyes off the guy.

Filmed all across his native Canada (thanks IMDb for confirming this!), director Hiller pulls this fun little audience-pleasing gem along the rails to a bright and exciting climax. The supporting cast is loaded with wonderful character actors including Patrick MacGoohan, Ray (My Favorite Martian) Walston, Ned Beatty and Scatman Crothers amongst others. A very luxurious and memorable score by Henry Mancini is the capper to this sparkling comedy, perfect as a primer for, and a loving compendium of, many of the Hitchcock classics that wait for you to discover them on DVD, VHS or on the tube.

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