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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.
Larry Abbot, speaker in the radio horror shows of Manhattan Mystery Theater, wants to marry. For the marriage, he takes his fiancée home to the castle where he grew up, among his eccentric ... See full summary »
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
One shot has the train entering the station area, and it passes by a signal which turns red and begins to ring like a bell, like a grade crossing signal. Train signals do no such thing in real life. See more »
[climbs into the sheriff's car while pointing a gun]
Keep those hands up! Keep'em up!
Uncle Oliver, he's taking your car.
[George speeds away]
You ain't never gonna get away with... You ain't never...!
Uncle Oliver. Uncle Oliver, he's got your car...
Moose! One more word out of you and I'm gonna smash your mouth.
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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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