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Silver Streak [1976] [DVD]

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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 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0NPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,239 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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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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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2016
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This 1976 Hitchcockian romantic-comedy thriller never fails to raise my weary spirits every time I watch it. With Henry Mancini’s gentle and luscious theme tune filling my ears as the Silver Streak slowly pulls out of Union Station Los Angeles on its journey to Chicago I forget my worries for a while and surrender myself to this delightfully entertaining movie which surprisingly does not feel as dated as one might expect. When Gene Wilder’s recently divorced book editor George Caldwell boards the train in LA looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation you just know that this will be anything but an uneventful journey. The cinematography, soundtrack and screenplay with its witty dialogue are all top-notch with a fine cast of supporting actors at the top of their game. The baddies are suitably mean and nattily suited and include Richard Kiel’s silent but deadly henchman Reace (“not very bright but extremely loyal” and soon to morph into James Bond’s Jaws) and his domineering boss, Patrick McGoohan’s suave, sophisticated and ruthless Roger Devereau, while Jill Clayburgh (the love interest), Ned Beatty (the FBI interest), Clifton James (the comedy sheriff interest) and Lucille Benson (the heroic older female interest) all have notable roles. However, stealing every scene he appears in (despite Wilder’s trademark wild eyed excitable performance) is Richard Pryor’s petty criminal Grover T. “I’m a thief” Muldoon who unexpectedly becomes George’s unlikely ally in attempting to foil Devereau’s plans. There is an infamous public restroom scene in which Grover helps George to evade capture by assuming a questionable disguise which has to be seen to be believed while the film’s ending still looks pretty impressive. This film is certainly one to watch and in my opinion one of the finest example of its genre.
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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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By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 20 April 2016
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George Caldwell boards the Silver Streak train from L.A. to Chicago looking for a bit of peace and quiet and ends up witnessing and getting framed for a murder. The first of only 4 films that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor did together, this 70's classic is a high speed comedy suspense thriller adventure film. Excellent performances, Gene Wilder is on top form as is Richard Pryor who only first appears half way through this film as a thief who helps Caldwell with Patrick McGoohan and Richard Kiel as villains, Jill Clayburgh as a passenger and love interest and Ned Beatty as another passenger. It's easy these days to say that any thriller is Hitchcock ish but Silver Streak really does feel like a Hitchcock thriller with some hilarious comedy.
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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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