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Genres: Action , Comedy , Crime
Actors: Gene Wilder , Jill Clayburgh , Richard Pryor , Patrick McGoohan , Ned Beatty , Clifton James , Ray Walston , Stefan Gierasch , Len Birman , Valerie Curtin , Lucille Benson , Scatman Crothers , Richard Kiel , Fred Willard , Delos V. Smith Jr.
Director: Arthur Hiller
Country: United States
Year: 1976
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 (9169 votes)

A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.

Film Review

I first saw Silver Streak when I was about 10 years old. It happens to be one of my favorite movies and still brings out the laughter and action that I enjoyed over 22 years ago.Gene Wilder stars as George Caldwell. He hates flying and is taking a trip to Chicago to see his sister get married. Little does George know he is about to find himself involved in a cat and mouse game along the way and also a little love story of his own.Silver Streak is a funny movie. Plenty of laughs between Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor who have starred together in other multiple movies, some of which I have seen but haven't enjoyed nearly as much as Silver Streak.The climax of the film involves the train being a runaway after a failed attempt by the villain to keep the train moving and the train ends up crashing into the station. Silver Steak is a great action film that you won't want to miss.

This is a delectable trip back to the 70's. A witty plot, Pryor and Wilder bouncin' off each other – the first time, I do b'lieve. Love the train framework of the movie. And the soundtrack by the Master, Henry Mancini, is so sumptuous, 'specially the slow tune that recurs again and agin'. And Jill Clayburgh sure ain't hard on the eyes. Ned Beatty is a great bumblin' fed. agent – watch the early scene on the train, he tries (very clumsily) to come on to Clayburgh's character – and she breathes "Are you hot?" to him in feigned arousal… and then…! *G* And Wilder's such a master of understated comedic gesture. Plays the cultivated garden specialist/publisher convincingly (he prol'ly is a cultivated fella). I can watch this movie repeatedly (ask my girlfriend… *G*). And then there's the wondrous, 70's-era, long, drawn out strings of the train theme by Mr Mancini. Appears the first time as the train is pulling out at dusk, out …

Wow, what a hit movie and what a huge star was Gene Wilder back in the mid 1970s. The same goes for his partner, Richar Pryor. As funny as Wilder-Pryor were and as entertaining as their films were in that decade, this one was one that I didn't care for 20 years later. I loved it in the theater when I was a lot younger and all the language, the loudness and sexual innuendos didn't phase me in the slightest. I still can tolerate some of that, if I know it's coming but NOT in a "PG" movie. I was shocked seeing this in the '90s and once again fooled by the "PG" label which included a lot of material that would bump it to a PG-13 or R rating today.The duo of Wilder and Richard Pryor, however, always was a good one, even if, in retrospect, they are a pretty sleazy team in a decade of films that was very irreverent. Wilder yelling, "S.O.B!" all the time gets tiring, too. He tended to play very loud, abrasive characters. Did he think all of us wer…