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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George
... Hilly
... Grover
... Devereau
... Sweet
... Sheriff Chauncey
... Mr. Whiney
... Professor Schreiner & Johnson
Len Birman ... Chief
... Plain Jane
... Rita Babtree
... Ralston
... Reace
... Jerry Jarvis
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Burt (as Delos V. Smith)
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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 Alfred Jingle

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


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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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El expreso de Chicago  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$51,079,064, 31 December 1977
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The locomotive used as "AM ROAD"'s 4070, was CP Rail's (formerly Canadian Pacific) 4070. For the filming, the AM ROAD decal was placed over the CP markings, and "Multimark" Pac-Man logo. At the end on the shoot, the decals damaged the engine's real paint job. The production company had to pay for the repainting of the engine, which took place in the CP Rail Transcona shops in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The locomotive was a FP7A built by GMD in 1952. In 1982, CP sold it to STCUM, where it was re-numbered to 1300 in 1983. As of 2002, she is now sitting in "non-operational" storage in Montreal, Quebec. See more »

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When Rita and George buzz the sheep for the first time there is clearly only one person in the plane. See more »

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[George drinks over his loss of Hilly, and tells Bob]
George Caldwell: Did you know... that the Brainard Tunnel is the highest point on this line?
Bob Sweet: Yeah, yeah. I knew that.
George Caldwell: Did you know that when we reach it I intend to be higher?
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The best movie starring Pryor and Wilder
16 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Though Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder have made about 5 films together this one really shows the chemistry between them.

Gene Wilder is a somewhat average guy that gets involved in a mysterious murder by accident. In the attempts to get rid of him by the criminals he's forced to seek the support of various different individuals, of which Richard Pryor and the cow-farming lady flying the WOI airplane are the most remarkable characters.

Though both Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, as well as Ned Beatty, give the movie the label "comedy", Patrick Mc Goohan and Richard "Jaws" Kiel give it a real thriller character at the same moment: they keep up their performance of tough killers without a sense of humor effortlessly.

The movie itself starts somewhat slowly, but just when you start to feel disappointed because you think you're watching a soft romantic road(train)-movie, a hilarious rat-race is about to start!

Always agreeable to watch whenever it's broad-casted again...


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