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½ October 25, 2016
(2.5 stars)
Less of a comedy than other Wilder/Pryor ventures, practically relies solely on Pryor to inject humour and he doesn't show up until halfway through. Nonetheless its 'murder on a train' premise represents the best written story out of the 3 Wilder/Pryor films I've watched and it probably would have been more of an entertaining adventure if it wasn't for the outdated action and racial jokes.
June 3, 2016
One of my all time favorite movies.
½ April 21, 2016
One of the first R-rated films I saw as a kid was See No Evil, Hear No Evil. But now I finally get a chance to watch the film that started the team-ups of Wilder and Pryor. Part Hitchcock mystery and part buddy movie, Silver Streak turns out to be an entertaining action film (never expected to see Wilder an action star). Everything works together, hitting all the right marks. Only complaint is that it takes an hour before Pryor joins the film. Their time acting together are some of the best moments of the film, especially the bathroom scene.
Super Reviewer
December 7, 2015
That was NOT "the most hilarious, suspense ride of my life".
September 20, 2015
The first pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder is a standard one. While looking for a quiet and simple trip on a train, everyman George witnesses a murder while bedding a woman, Hilly (Clayburgh). What ensues is a crazy comic story of a man trying to save a woman's life, with lots of hiccups on the way. Richard Pryor is injected very late into the plot, giving it a jolt of life when the story gets repetitive. Its ends on a rather formulaic note, but there are some good moments here and there.
August 9, 2015
The best thriller comedy of the 1970s.
July 24, 2015
This was a great idea, but it was nonetheless out of place at times and it just didn't fit together, but it was still a good movie from wilder and pryon, but it just didn't work as good as you'd expect, however the atmosphere and intensity were great, with some humor, too.
½ May 13, 2015
A Hitchcockian thriller played as comedy.
½ February 23, 2015
It blends between Hitchcockian thrillers and comedy making it a real popcorn entertainment.
February 9, 2015
Nearly four decades have passed since this popular comedy-adventure first hit the big screen, and the most common complaint I've read is that it hasn't aged well. I don't see how passage of time has anything to do with illogical plotting. Most of the plot revolves around a set of historic documents that would prove the chief villain's guilt. So when said villain successfully destroys these incriminating documents, one would think he'd prefer to take his chances in court rather than, say, engage in a very public, deadly and incriminating gun battle with federal agents. And one would think wrong. Richard Pryor is entertaining while he's on screen, but he doesn't have a good reason for being there other than to offer a distraction from this tedious affair.
November 19, 2014
It may have a rocky start, but it eventually becomes a greatly enjoyable movie. Not to mention, the scene where Gene Wilder is in blackface is hilarious and unforgettable.
June 17, 2014
Okay, but not the best Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie, and quite easily that. Main problem is that Richard Pryor only has a supporting role, and only appears in the second half of the movie. Plus, the movie has pretensions of being a mystery-thriller, rather than an out-and-out comedy.

Overall, reasonably entertaining, with flashes of hilarity and periods of dullness and silliness.

The hilarious parts usually involve Richard Pryor, though Gene Wilder has his moments too. Good support from Jill Clayburgh, who provides the romantic interest.

Supporting cast includes Ned Beatty and Patrick McGoohan, both of whom put in decent performances. Richard Kiel is very noticeable as the henchman. His next role was as Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me.
June 3, 2014
It really is the last of the "Average Guy" adventures with Gene Wilder as a timid book proofreader who takes a leisurely train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago then inadvertently gets framed for murder. Tons of comic relief ensue, but the film actually is a thriller at its heart as Wilder struggles to clear his name and save a girl in danger. Richard Pryor and Jill Clayburgh round out an awesome cast while a haunting score by Henry Mancini keeps it all exciting. All aboard!
May 5, 2014
A pretty funny movie that benefits from the Wilder-Pryor chemistry
½ November 22, 2013
There were signs of what could have been, but wasn't, from Wilder/Pryor as a duo here in 'Silver Streak' - the closest they came to living up to these expectations, was 'Stir Crazy.'

Mediocre film, until Pryor makes his appearance.
September 18, 2013
Silver Streak certainly doesn't reshape the cinema landscape, but it offers a decent little time-killing adventure with light comedy backing up a fairly standard whodunit murder mystery/conspiracy plot. The film enjoys quality direction and an excellent cast, notable as the first of several memorable pairings of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.
½ September 18, 2013
Not as good as I'd have hoped. It was a shame Richard Prior didn't make an appearance until so late in the film. Fairly lame comedy which didn't make me laugh at any point.
½ August 5, 2013
The scenes involving Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor definitely make 'Silver Streak' worth a watch.
August 3, 2013
Very funny. Good for its day.
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