IMDb > Silver Streak (1976)
Silver Streak
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Silver Streak (1976) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 13 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Silver Streak -- Trailer for this off the rails comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

Overview

User Rating:
6.9/10   11,324 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 19% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Colin Higgins (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Silver Streak on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(42 articles)
Character actor Richard Kiel (aka Jaws) has passed away
 (From JoBlo. 11 September 2014, 9:00 AM, PDT)

James Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dead at 74
 (From Worst Previews. 11 September 2014, 4:33 AM, PDT)

Actor Richard Kiel Dead at 74 – Played Bond Villain ‘Jaws’
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 10 September 2014, 9:03 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat... See more (86 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)

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
 
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)
Alan Oliney .... 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)
Al LaVerde .... grip (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
114 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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:
Errors in geography: In the beginning of the movie as the train is pulling out of Los Angeles one of the city buildings in the background has a sign on it that reads "National Trust" - a company located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.See more »
Quotes:
Bob Sweet:Here's a vitamin sample for you. Vitamin E. Now that is great for the old pecker. Yeah it really keeps a pencil sharpened.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into The N Word (2004)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
By plane, by train, by the edge of your seat..., 22 June 2011
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Silver Streak is directed by Arthur Hiller and written by Colin Higgins. It stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty and Richard Pryor. Music is by Henry Mancini and cinematography by David M. Walsh. It is the first of four films that Wilder and Pryor would make together. Story finds Wilder as book editor George Caldwell, who upon boarding the Los Angeles to Chicago train finds himself mixed up with art forgers who are only too happy to commit murder to keep their dealings quiet. Fun, frolics and high speed danger will follow.

Amiable film that just about manages to blend Hitchcockian thriller values with silly comedy shenanigans; even throwing in a good old rousing disaster movie staple for the last quarter. Even though Pryor doesn't feature until the halfway point in the piece, this is very much a film that succeeds due to the chemistry between himself and Wilder. Sure the action is well handled, and the other major players are performing well (McGoohan sinister/ Clayburgh sweet/Beatty ebullient), but it's noticeable that the film considerably picks up on comedy value once Pryor enters the fray. With that in mind, picture feels too long at just under 2 hours, but it's never less than entertaining and was popular enough with cinema audiences to ensure Wilder and Pryor would go on to make the wonderful Stir Crazy 4 years later. 7/10

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (86 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Silver Streak (1976)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Horribly directed, nauseously acted, incredibly boring danielj_old999
Rest in Peace, Reace SevernGuy
I love this movie, but..... stevewyzard
Jill Clayburgh marvgutkin
No way one survives pole crash unhurt jonjax71
Love the Jaguar elvin315
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Fugitive The Professional: Golgo 13 Beverly Hills Cop III Beverly Hills Cop Lethal Weapon 2
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.