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
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 »
Just after George is thrown off the train, he picks up a cattle skull from the train racks. In the background of that shot you can see there is a farm house behind him with smoke coming out of the chimney, but he keeps walking for hours looking for any inhabited dwellings. See more »
Yes, sir, where to?
It's the train to Chicago. The Silver Streak.
Silver Streak! I'll take your bags sir.
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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.
AFI listed this as one of the top 100 comedies, and I think they got it right. This was the first and best pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Unlike their later movies together, this one isn't simply a buddy flick. Its also a romantic comedy thriller and nails every genre it aims for. It was written by Colin Higgins, the guy who wrote Harold & Maude. He is a genius at witty dialog which is most apparent in the first act, where Wilder meets Jill Clayburgh on a train, the two get drunk and seduce one another. Despite the fact that no nudity is involved, the sophisticated verbal exchanges between Wilder and Clayburgh and Henry Mancini's lovely theme combine to make for a really gorgeous love scene. Who would have thought Gene Wilder could be sexy?
A very similar film (and almost as good) is "Foul Play," written and also directed by Colin Higgins in 1978. If you liked this one, you should see that as well.
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