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Silver Streak (1976)

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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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Colin Higgins
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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. Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Burt (as Delos V. Smith)
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Storyline

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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It's the Most Hilarious Suspense Ride of Your Life! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El expreso de Chicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Okotoks, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$51,079,064, 31 December 1977
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Scenes of Midwestern U.S. landscapes appear behind train layouts and many action shots (as the protagonist and allies battle the villains on and off the train, and get thrown off or jump on and off the moving trains) to add narrative integrity to the fictional location. Most of the interior station scenes set in Kansas City and Chicago show different parts of Toronto's Union Station, except for a brief sequence immediately prior to the crash, where the train is rapidly approaching a bumper at the end of the line. That sequence was filmed from a Hi-Rail truck entering the Chicago and North Western Railway's downtown Chicago terminal. See more »

Goofs

When Bob asks Hilly if she goes all the way, she holds a straw in her right hand, then her drink in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Grover Muldoon: Who you lookin' for?
Cop: [shows Grover a picture of George] White guy.
Grover Muldoon: Well if I see any I'll let you know.
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Alternate Versions

When Silver Streak was first shown on TV, it had scenes that were not in the home video version, such as:
  • There's an extra scene of George and Rita talking. She inquires as to if he was riding hobo on the train.
  • A longer scene of Rita and George taking off in the airplane.
  • At the beginning when George arrives at the train station, the taxi driver comments that since George is going from Los Angeles to Chicago and a train that he must be a sucker for boredom.
  • A scene where the Silver Streak is pulling into the Kansas City station, which takes place right before Grover and George rush in.
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Connections

Referenced in The Real Ghostbusters: Slimer Streak (1989) See more »

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This one has it all
16 February 2003 | by apauLLoSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1976 when I was all but about 13 years of age, with some friends in my home town (Dryden, Ontario) at the local "Royal" theatre, as it was known then. I just finished watching my VHS copy of it, which brings my total number of viewings up to 30-something...

Why do I like this film so much? It was the first movie I've seen that had it all: action, suspense, romance, a lot of laughs, but most of all - adventure. All of this helped manufacture a great storyline. In short, one of the most memorable movies I've ever seen, and I enjoy myself greatly with each repeated viewing. It made me a big fan of the Wilder/Pryor combination. It made me a huge fan of train travel. It made me a "road movie" fanatic.

A classic in my book. 9/10


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