Boxcar Bertha

Boxcar Bertha

Director: Martin Scorsese, Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus

     
 

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Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese, Boxcar Bertha is a Bonnie and Clyde-like yarn set during the Depression. The title character, played by Barbara Hershey, links up with union organizer David Carradine (Hershey's real-life lover at the time) after the death of her father. Running afoul of anti-union forces, Bertha and Carradine are

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Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese, Boxcar Bertha is a Bonnie and Clyde-like yarn set during the Depression. The title character, played by Barbara Hershey, links up with union organizer David Carradine (Hershey's real-life lover at the time) after the death of her father. Running afoul of anti-union forces, Bertha and Carradine are forced into a life of crime. Whereas Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks, Boxcar Bertha's specialty is trains. A story of this nature can only end in tragedy, and wait until you see Carradine's symbolic demise! For the record, there really was a Boxcar Bertha Thompson, and it is her autobiography, Sister of the Road, that serves as the basis for Joyce and John Corrington's screenplay.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Hooking up with legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman as an avenue into the movie business, Martin Scorsese directed his second feature, and earned his Director's Guild card, with Boxcar Bertha (1972). One of a slew of late-'60s-early-'70s Bonnie and Clyde (1967) rip-offs, complete with a car chase and bloody climax, Boxcar Bertha manages to be a bit better than the usual exploitation movie while following the Corman edict to include nudity and violence at regular intervals without that much regard for story coherence. Though the central players were still finding their way as actors, Boxcar Bertha contains flashes of Scorsese's burgeoning directorial talent, from the jump-cut final shootout and expressive dolly shots, to the disturbing close-ups that signal a crucifixion. Though Boxcar Bertha did not exactly advance Scorsese's career at the box office, it did provoke John Cassavetes to admonish the young filmmaker to make movies that meant something; Scorsese responded by making his superb, highly personal Little Italy chronicle Mean Streets (1973).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0883904130284
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Bertha
David Carradine Bill Shelley
Barry Primus Rake Brown
Bernie Casey Von Morton
John Carradine H. Buckram Sartoris
Victor Argo McIver Brother
David R. Osterhout Mclver Brother
Harry Northrup Harvey Hall
Ann Morell Tillie
Marianne Dole Mrs. Mailer
Joe Reynolds Joe Dreft
"Chicken" Holleman Michael Powell
Grahame Pratt Emeric Pressburger
Gayne Rescher Brothel Client [uncredited]
Martin Scorsese Brothel Client

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Julie Corman Producer
Roger Corman Producer
John William Corrington Screenwriter
Joyce Hooper Corrington Screenwriter
Buzz Feitshans Editor
Gib Guilbeau Score Composer
Don F. Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Thad Maxwell Score Composer
Bob Modes Costumes/Costume Designer
David Nichols Production Designer
Barbara Pokras Editor
Paul Rapp Asst. Director
Ryder Sound Services Inc. Sound/Sound Designer
John M. Stephens Cinematographer

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