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Boxcar Bertha (1972)

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

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Complete credited cast:
... Boxcar Bertha
... Big Bill Shelly
... Rake Brown
... Von Morton
... H. Buckram Sartoris
... McIver #1
David Osterhout ... McIver #2 (as David R. Osterhout)
Grahame Pratt ... Emeric Pressburger (credit only)
'Chicken' Holleman ... M. Powell (credit only)
... Harvey Hall (as Harry Northrup)
Ann Morell ... Tillie Parr
Marianne Dole ... Mrs. Mailler
Joe Reynolds ... Joe Cox
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Storyline

Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30's meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and they team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment and she is eventually sucked into a life of crime with him. Written by alfiehitchie

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Life made her an outcast. Love made her an outlaw. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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14 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Faust der Rebellen  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Carradine and Barbara Hershey were a couple at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

The boxcars rolling behind the characters in the 1930s, have dates stenciled on them indicating that they have been tested and repaired in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Boxcar Bertha: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Connections

References The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata no. 11 in A, K. 331, Mov. 3
(uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Corman gangster mama movie done by Scorcese in a different mode
15 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Early, solid film from Scorcese with Hershey as the heroine, who along with Carradine leads a pack of hoods who begin as communists and progress to bigger and bigger crimes -- something of a variation on Corman's "Machine Gun Kelly." Carradine and Hershey give good, but not outstanding, performances. The direction is somewhat showy and involves a lot of movement, typical of Scorcese's more evolved style as well. Roughly follows the mold set by previous AIP gangster mama flicks, with the step up on the violence meter each succeeding film seemed to demand.

Interesting also that this is the only Corman/AIP collaboration I can remember seeing from this period of time (72) when Corman's independent operations were becoming more successful all the time (w/ the nurse movies and stewardess epics cleaning up at the box office). I can only think that they saw it as a continuation of such a successful collaboration that it was impossible to resist getting together again one more time (though Corman claims to have been so absolutely disgusted by their treatment of his epic "Gasssssss" that he would no longer work with them after 1970). Anyone with information on how this collaboration took place will make me very grateful by forwarding this information to me.


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