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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 »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor almost acted together on Blazing Saddles (1974). Pryor was originally supposed to star, but the studio objected, insisting on a more genteel Cleavon Little and Wilder replaced Gig Young after filming had already started. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

George Caldwell: [climbs into the sheriff's car while pointing a gun] Keep those hands up! Keep'em up!
Moose: Uncle Oliver, he's taking your car.
[George speeds away]
Sheriff Chauncey: You ain't never gonna get away with... You ain't never...!
Moose: Uncle Oliver. Uncle Oliver, he's got your car...
Sheriff Chauncey: Moose! One more word out of you and I'm gonna smash your mouth.
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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

Edited into Heroes of Black Comedy (2002) See more »

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Wilder, Pryor and a runaway train
21 January 2001 | by dennisayersSee all my reviews

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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