Silver Streak

Silver Streak

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Director: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Arthur Hiller's comedy-mystery-romance starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor puts enough of a twist on Alfred Hitchcock's classic North by Northwest to provide a pleasurable two hours. The melodramatic farce sends businessman Wilder on a cross-country train trip, during which a tryst with Jill Clayburgh draws him into the proverbial web of murder and intrigue surrounding villain Patrick MacGoohan. Before long, Richard Pryor is added to the mix as a thief, and the film really takes off. The various genres are well meshed in this broadly conceived comedy, the best of the Pryor/Wilder collaborations. Two of the most brilliant comic figures in film history, both were at their peak during this period. Probably their most famous scene together, too politically incorrect for the present, is that in which Pryor tries to teach Wilder, the whitest of white men, how to act black. The cast, which also includes such talented veterans as Ned Beatty, Ray Walston, and Clifton James, is almost uniformly excellent, and the sometimes mediocre Hiller gives the film the brisk pace of a classic farce. Silver Streak's enormous success resulted in a re-teaming for Stir Crazy (1980).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2013
UPC:
0013132609911
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
4,258

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder George Caldwell
Jill Clayburgh Hilly Burns
Richard Pryor Grover Muldoon
Patrick McGoohan Roger Devereau
Ned Beatty Bob Sweet
Clifton James Sheriff Chauncey
Ray Walston Mr. Whiney
Len Birman Chief
Valerie Curtin Plain Jane
Lucille Benson Rita Babtree
Scatman Crothers Ralston
Fred Willard Jerry Jarvis
Delos V. Smith Burt
Jack O'Leary Fat Man #1
Matilda Calnan Blue-Haired Lady
Ed McNamara Benny
Harvey Atkin Conventioneer
Nick Stewart Shoe Shiner
Lloyd White Porter
Henry Beckman Conventioneer
Stefan Gierasch Johnson/Prof. Schreiner
Bill Henderson Red Cap
Gordon Hurst Moose
Raymond Guth Night Watchman
Lee Mc Laughlin Fat Man #2
John Day Engineer
Thomas Erhart Cab Driver
Jack Mather Conductor
Richard Kiel Reace/Goldtooth

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Jack B. Bernstein Production Manager
David Bretherton Editor
Fred Cramer Special Effects
Hal Etherington Sound/Sound Designer
Phyllis Garr Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Harte Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter V. Herald Production Manager
Colin Higgins Screenwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Edward K. Milkis Producer
Thomas L. Miller Producer
Don Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Ransohoff Executive Producer
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Alfred Sweeney Production Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Ralph A. Woolsey Cinematographer
Frank Yablans Executive Producer

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