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Silver Streak (1976)


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While taking a train trip from L.A. to Chicago, mild-mannered George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) makes the acquaintance of Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh). As they indulge in a brief bit of spooning, Hilly tells George that her boss is on the verge of exposing a group of vicious art forgers. Later that evening, George sees the body of Hilly's boss being thrown off of the train. Detective Sweet (Ned Beatty) agrees to investigate, but he too is bumped off. The instigator of these outrages is master forger


Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Dec 14, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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It could have been a lot funnier if Wilder was a more gifted comic.

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unfortunately this 30+ year old comedy-murder mystery has dated, but Wilder and Pryor are great in first pairing.

March 23, 2008

Hitchcockian in nature, the film goes down very pleasantly with just the right mix of humor and suspense.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...the entire film might just be worth a look for the sequence in which Pryor teaches Wilder how to be black.

May 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All for fun and fun for all ...

January 28, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

flashes of genius

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

A nifty little Hitchcock knockoff, with great chemistry between Wilder and Pryor.

October 1, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Amusing comedy, but Pryor is not in it enough. Once they're together, it's gold.

July 18, 2003

The beginning of the perfectly splendid comic duo of Wilder and Pryor. And man, do I ever miss them.

December 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for Silver Streak

Not the funniest of films that this pairing (Wilder/Pryor) have been in together, but easy watching any how. Very much like a lot of train movies, which involve, strange goings on, murder, kidnap and confusion.
February 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

The sad case of a childhood favorite that didn't stand the test of time as well as hoped. Especially the set up of this crime comedy about a man witnessing a murder on a train trip from L.A. to Chicago, is rather slow. Once the plot thickens things are rather interesting, and it's pretty funny to behold how often George has to get back on the train. The longer the film is running the better its timing works, and the showdown and final crash into Chicago train station is breath taking and spectacular. Not a flawless film by any means, once the nostalgia wears off, but still very decent entertainment.
November 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

Probably the best Hitchcockian comedy. Not mind-blowing but a good Saturday Afternoon flick.
September 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Probably the main film for Wilder and Pryor in their careers but in my opinion not their best film together, second best behind 'Stir Crazy'. This is still brilliant stuff mixing proper thrills and actual nasty murder for Wilder with his usual wild eyed lunacy haha the film isn't hilarious as you may expect and is kinda slow burning from the start as the plot builds plus Pryor doesn't come into the fun till about halfway. The giggles do arise when Pryor enters the fray naturally and the film does pick up at that point, until then its a kind of semi serious murder mystery on a train with a slice of 'Hitchcock' blended in which is fine but not stunning.

This is an old film now and it is pretty dated but it does still entertain as Wilder will always do no matter what year it is. The cast is classic, especially Patrick McGoohan with his 'Dick Dastardly' type villain, the scenery is quite stunning throughout the train journey, gentle musical score and the finale is still pretty impressive with the train wreck, amazing effects back in the day. A soft, pleasant, relaxing Sunday afternoon film which will make you smile and tweak your senses with a dash of murder most foul :)
June 17, 2011

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    1. George Caldwell: [Grover has just told George they have to jump from the train] No! I've left this train twice already!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Sheriff Chauncey: Hello, Car 36, what the hell happened to you guys?
    2. Grover Muldoon: [into the radio] Hey Chauncey, this is Grover T. Muldoon. You wanna know what happened? We just whooped your ass. We whooped your ass. Ha ha ha!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Sheriff Chauncey: Is he with the feds?
    2. George Caldwell: Who?
    3. Sheriff Chauncey: This guy Rembrandt.
    4. George Caldwell: Rembrandt is dead.
    5. Sheriff Chauncey: Dead? That makes four.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. George Caldwell: [each time he jumps, falls, is thrown or is pushed off the train] Son of a bitch!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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