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Silver Streak
Silver Streak
Actors: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty
Director: Arthur Hiller
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG     2004     1hr 54min

In this wild comedy adventure, rail passenger George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds that a romantic escapade with a sultry secretary (Jill Clayburgh) puts him in the middle of a Hitchcockian murder plot. Leaping on and off t...  more »


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Actors: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty
Director: Arthur Hiller
Creators: David M. Walsh, David Bretherton, Edward K. Milkis, Frank Yablans, Martin Ransohoff, Thomas L. Miller, Colin Higgins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/14/2004
Original Release Date: 12/03/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 12/03/1976
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 7/27/2012...
You just could not beat the combination of Wilder and Pryor! Other titles including this dynamic duo include Stir Crazy, Another You, and See No Evil Hear No Evil.

Movie Reviews

Silver Streak
unraveler | Nevada | 03/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"More than a quarter of a century has passed between the release of this movie and my review. It looks current, exciting, and brand new. I highly recommend it. The pace is great, the suspense is ubiquitous, but not overblown (as it tends to be in so many contemporary movies), and the comedy is fantastic. I believe this is one of the best comedies of the last thirty years.Gene Wilder displays more energy in this one than Richard Pryor. He is still quite young here and runs all over the place, being thrown off the train and all. But when Pryor shows up, the overall tempo of the movie picks up somehow, and we move from the middle to the conclusion so quickly that one can hardly stop to catch his breath.The train wreck conclusion was nicely done. Somebody mentioned that this was the forerunner of Speed, and I think that is right one the mark. Nice comedy/suspense that made me feel a litte better after I watched it. I have not taken a train since I don't know when. In Southern California, the car is king. This movie made me almost nostalgic about the place I grew up--in a universe far away--where people used trains all the time, and I was among them."
Adventure on a Train
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 10/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is one I can watch over and over again. While Gene Wilder's cluelessness may seem to wear a little thin in places, the chemistry between the characters works. Admittedly when Richard Pryor appears the movie goes from humorous to hilarious, but in the meantime the Hitchcockian flavor will keep most viewers entertained.

Gene Wilder is a book editor travelling by train from Los Angeles to Chicago. Jill Clayburgh is a professor's assistant. During a romantic interval in Jill's compartment Gene see's a man killed. Of course the man is the professor. Let the fun begin.

Gene Wilder is a perfect straight man for this movie. He is clearly intelligent, but unused to crime and guns. His bravado is likely that of a typical suburbanite, and while we laugh at his actions, we also identify with his character.

Other stars make this movie an absolute joy to watch over and over. Richard Kiel of James Bond "Jaws" fame makes another silent appearance. Ray Walston is a sleazy hood. Clifton James, another James Bond movie character, also makes an appearance about the same time as Richard Pryor. Ned Beatty plays a government agent and Scatman Crothers plays a conductor. An all-star cast of characters actors in somewhat stereotypical roles, but they are so instantly recognizable that their appearance is enjoyable.

The train is a center piece of the movie, and the most important action scenes take place on or around the train. Train buffs who also enjoy comedies will find this movie to be fascinating. The end of the movie is particularly spectacular and intense as we wonder whether Jill, Richard, Gene and Scatman are going to survive to the end.

This movie was nearly an instant classic when it was released. Light comedy and very good entertainment, this movie is worth having on DVD.

My favorite of the bunch
Alexa Raven | San Diego, CA USA | 05/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of all of the collaborations between Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, this one is my favorite. The characters are well drawn, the plot is balanced nicely between the elements of romance, adventure and mystery, plus the dialogue sparkles wittily.The story is about a man who decides to combine a business trip with a little bit of relaxation, by taking the train from Los Angeles to Chicago. Along the way, he is involved with a beautiful woman, murder, a loveable thief and slate of "bad guys" well worthy of black hats.The film is a charming diversion from the world; one that can be enjoyed by most of the family. It is a must have, either as a family film (for kids over 13) or a "date" movie. If you like to laugh, then add Silver Streak to your collection."