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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 Roger Devereau (Patrick McGoohan), who, with his crony Mr. Whiney (Ray Walston) is planning a particularly diabolical crime. Worse still, they take Hilly prisoner so she can't tip off the cops. When George is also targeted for elimination, he manages in slapstick fashion to elude the killers. Falling off the train, he ends up being arrested on some trumped-up charge or other by a local sheriff. He makes his escape in the company of petty thief Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor) -- and that's only the beginning. A box-office smash, Silver Streak paved the way for the equally successful 1980 Wilder-Pryor vehicle Stir Crazy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Romance
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Gene Wilder
as George Caldwell
Jill Clayburgh
as Hilly Burns
Richard Pryor
as Grover Muldoon
Patrick McGoohan
as Roger Devereau
Ned Beatty
as Sweet
Clifton James
as Sheriff Chauncey
Ray Walston
as Mr. Whiney
Stefan Gierasch
as Johnson/Prof. Schreiner
Len Birman
as Chief
Valerie Curtin
as Plain Jane
Richard Kiel
as Reace/Goldtooth
Lucille Benson
as Rita Babtree
Fred Willard
as Jerry Jarvis
Matilda Calnan
as Blue-Haired Lady
Margarita Garcia
as Mexican Mama San
Jack Mather
as Conductor
Lloyd White
as Porter
Ed McNamara
as Benny
Ray Goth
as Night Watchman
John Day
as Engineer
Thomas Erhart
as Cab Driver
Bill Henderson
as Red Cap
Jack O'Leary
as Fat Man
Raymond Guth
as Night Watchman
Lee McLaughlin
as Fat Man
Henry Beckman
as Conventioneer
Steve Weston
as Conventioneer
Harvey Atkin
as Conventioneer
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Critic Reviews for Silver Streak

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
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.

Full Review… | May 25, 2005
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

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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