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Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]

Gene Wilder , Jill Clayburgh , Arthur Hiller    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0NPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A comedy with Gene Wilder as a passenger on the U.S 'Silver Streak' train travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago. He witnesses a murder - and soon finds himself being persued by the crooks in that kind of boistrous Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor style.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film! 17 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Only got this film as a memory from my very young childhood seeing a funny train film with that bloke from Woman In Red in it (Gene Wilder). From start to finish it was good and had a nice humour all the way through without being too long winded. Pretty dated in places but like all 70s and 80s movies its good to capture the era on film. Wilder and Pryor work very well together here with comedy and a touch of cheese. Worth watching.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little train ride ! 15 Oct 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well what have we here? What we have is a great Sunday afternoon (or evening) movie entertainment. The plot is a simple one...villains on a train versus the good guys on the same train.
A strong touch of `Narrow Margin' here and also think of Cannonball Run, Dukes of Hazzard and the
Beverly Hillbillies! Maybe also Tough Guys. It's that kind of film. Having said that, this kind of thing is what the Yanks do best...they have the cash, the resources and above all the room. This is not a thriller to be taken seriously....except perhaps for the dialogue...try to follow this closely...its pretty sharp in places...don't cut yourself! There are some great scenes to be had in this film (it was up for awards after all) especially the finale which is particularly spectacular and worth staying the course to see.
My only slight criticism is that the film is a tad long...begins to get a bit predicable in the last half hour ...could have been ten minutes shorter, and comic Richard Pryor should have made an earlier appearance to keep the humour rolling along. Bond movies actor Richard Kiel (he of the poor dental work) makes a creditable contribution also. This is an enjoyable film with not a mobile phone in sight...wonderful!. And made only thirty odd years ago ! Anyone who enjoyed this movie first time round will now be of a certain age and will enjoy the strong nostalgia element, which is afoot here! This is a well produced movie, I've seen it on a number of occasions and nowadays think how great it is, however briefly, to get back to the 70s !
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Train Ride Of Good Solid Comedy 31 July 2007
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I generally find American TV comedy to be unfunny, I just can't abide all that canned laughter on their comedy shows that appear so forced into making the audience laugh at something that just isn't funny that I've always wondered what on earth it is that they are laughing about, maybe it's the different culture thing. Now there is no laughter track on Silver Streak because it's a film and that's the amazing difference. To put it bluntly the Americans are rubbish at TV comedy but great at the movie counterpart and I've never understood why.

Silver Streak features perhaps America's best double act in the last few decades, with the exception of Steve Martin and John Candy from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I refer to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor of course. This was their first film together and the fact that Pryor does not feature in the film until roughly halfway through and instantly gels with Wilder was a sign that they were going to have a very successful relationship, although since Pryor's death Wilder has made the claim that they were not as close as many believed but that does not stop them being very, very funny indeed. The two are big screen comedy geniuses, sparking off each other and raising the other's performance constantly.

The idea of a story using a trek across America has always appealed to me, films such as the previously mentioned Planes, Trains...., Dumb and Dumber etc and Silver Streak all feature this aspect and it is one that I enjoy enormously, it seems to give the film time to establish the characters in a smooth and leisurely way and allows the plot to unfold gently and draws the viewer in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect late night film ! 20 Aug 2012
Format:DVD
I love this film, I can watch it over and over and over and over and over and over without getting bored. Wilder is great and the fantastic McGoohan is the villian. Mancini's score is truely memorable.

Waiting for Blu-ray...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars William#s Review 18 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
This has to be the BEST 1970's movie ever! There are so many important features that people miss when they watch a movie. Like any movie there are mistakes made in the film. This is no different,like the 'rollong roadblock' in the film. we see Pryor and Wilder drive towards the roadblock and crash into it. Before the crash, Pryor takes off his sunglasses,but after the crash when they pull away we see them on. But this film has a very special place in my heart, Gene Wilder and Richard are at the height of their hollywood career in this film. But its not just the film that makes this my favourite film, nor is it because the comedy, but with the heart-warming music that one little-known 'Henry Mancini',who conducts the music to the film. It was indeed the 'Days of Wine and Roses'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY '70s Hollywood Film 7 Aug 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Arthur Hiller's 1976 film is the epitome - and one of the best and at times, the worst - example of what Hollywood came synonymous for in the 1970s.

Ending with one of those truly great action set-pieces, when such were actually filmed and not with a computer mouse and starting out with the oh-so-smooth Gene Wilder getting his wicked way with the delectable Jill Clayburgh, an awful lot happens in-between.

Taking - and featuring huge chunks of influence from James Bond (inc 'Jaws', the iron-toothed giant), Hitchcock (crime capers on moving trains, espionage, intrigue) and loads of over-the-top big Americanism, this is a rail-road coaster of a ride. You can see bits that have helped influence later films, too and the start of the delicious pairing between Wilder and black comedian Richard Pryor, which spilled out over into the future Stir Crazy and Blazing Saddles.

Yes, a lot of it is nonsense - this is essentially Sunday afternoon TV fun, now. There's clever innuendo, dumb stunts, big scenery and baddies. It does pop up on Film 4 and Sky Movies every once in a while, showing that it is still has a place and though obviously looking pretty dated now, you can't go far wrong with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Asa Kilburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film nice and quick delivery
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Published 17 days ago by adam every
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Maryann Cornes
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Gene Wilder and Richard Prior and this film doesn't disappoint....
I'm a huge fan of Gene Wilder and Richard Prior and this film doesn't disappoint. The comedy is terrific and intermingled with a snazzy plot. Hugely entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by snooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is still an enjoyable film even after all these years!
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars First film of a great comedic duo.
I like Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Of their team ups I would rank this #3. It is a good film but it is not as good as 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' and 'Stir Crazy'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars TRAINS
A MAN AND WOMAN MEET BY ACCIDENT ON THE SILVER STREAK TRAIN ,WHILE UP LATE HHE SEEE S A MAN NAGING FROM THE TRAIN THEN FALL,IT TURNS OUT TO BE THE WOMANS BOSS WHO HAS BEEN SWITCHED... Read more
Published 3 months ago by davidhattermann
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent thriller
A good Gene Wilder film with action and comedy based around a long train journey. If you like Gene Wilder films this is one to watch.
Published 4 months ago by colinc
1.0 out of 5 stars The Blu Ray DVD doesnt play!!
It dosent play on my blu ray player. I didnt realise until I tried to watch it that it is a region A disc & it wont play!!
Published 6 months ago by Mr L Davidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Streak
I have already rated this product when I received it and I am a little bit tired of keep on getting e-mail requesting me to rate something that I have already rated it is over kill
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