George has been in a mental hospital for three years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but ... See full summary »
Completely innocent man, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she's later murdered, Michael becomes the chief suspect and goes on the run.
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Angel Ramirez Jr.
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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
Although the comprehensive end credits lists Patrick McGoohan's character name simply as "Devereau", he is the only cast member with a character name, "Roger Devereau", in the opening credits. See more »
During the chopper/engine shootout scenes the weather goes from mostly cloudy/overcast to a clear blue sky several times. See more »
[Running from Helicopter to van]
How's it going?
They don't believe us!
Look the Engineer is probably anxious to bring the train in on Schedule.
[Gets on radio]
This is Chief Donaldson. Who's this?
This is Jerry Jarvis, I'm the assistant controller.
Assistant... get me your boss.
Uh he's out to lunch, but I'm sure I can handle any problem you might have.
It's not my problem, you've got a dead engineer and a runaway train that's going to hit Chicago in 15 Minutes. Now what are you going to do ...
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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.
If you can get through the meandering first 15 minutes, you should enjoy the rest of this adventure comedy. Wilder is heading from LA to Chicago by train when he falls into a fling with Clayburgh. During foreplay he sees her boss outside the window, falling off the train. She doesn't believe him, and when he tries to look into it further, he's chucked off the train as well...but alive. He finds his way back to the train with the help of crack-up wacko farm lady Benson. More problems ensue when he catches up with Clayburgh as the killers reveal themselves. Pryor is later thrown into the mix as a good-hearted thief who helps Wilder in his quest. For 1976, this was pretty well advanced in terms of racey dialogue and stunts, and still holds up nicely today. The most memorable thing is Wilder's classic line when falling off the train. Sadly, you're reminded of the age of the film because of so many of the cast members that have died, and how it makes you think that others probably aren't far off. But it also makes you think of how great they all were as an ensemble that provided a good amount of laughs and suspense.
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