Silver Streak  [DVD]
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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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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 !
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.Read more ›
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All time classic, funny from beginning to end. Wilder and Pryor class double actPublished 27 days ago by Barneymeboy
Bought this classic film for my husbands birthday. He loves anything with Gene Wilder in it.Published 1 month ago by christine taylor