Silver Streak Reviews
The next morning, he does some snooping around and is certain that the man murdered was a Professor Schreiner. He asks around and gets thrown off the train by some henchmen Reace (Richard Kiel). He is able get back on only to uncover the conspiracy and reason for murdering the professor and is certain that Hilly's life is in danger. Altercations with Reace has only thrown off the train yet again. He is now being framed for the murders aboard and is considered to be armed and dangerous. Only with help of the sly thief Grover (Richard Pryor) is he able to get back on yet again and set everything right.
Silver Streak is a decent action comedy. The film flexes more of an action and dramatic element in the first half of the movie. When Pryor gets on the comedy packs on a bit more punch which includes an absurd scene where Wilder dresses up with shoe polish on his face to impersonate a black man. Pryor adds his usual charm to the film. There are a few scenes that don't age as well including the interrogation of the dumb Sheriff Chauncey by Clifton James. It is funny that George keeps getting thrown off the train and has to come up with ways to get back on it. Silver Streak is a good action comedy that helps influence many future ones to come.
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Wilder/Pryor films I've watched and it probably would have been more of an entertaining adventure if it wasn't for the outdated action and racial jokes.
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.
Mediocre film, until Pryor makes his appearance.