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Plot: 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.
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A Hitchcockian Thriller Played For Laughs
“Silver Streak” was released the very same year the Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, released his black-comedy swan song, “Family Plot”. Though Hitch was in the very twilight of his long, illustrious career, his playful style was alive and well, and well appropriated, in Hollywood. The Master didn’t make this movie – Canadian Arthur (“Love Story”) Hiller did – but the unmistakable fingerprints and shop-hewn template of Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” (amongst other classics) are in great display thanks to writer Colin (“Foul Play”) Higgins in the cheery, breezy action comedy, “Silver Streak”.
“Silver Streak” is the first of four Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor match-ups and certainly in retrospect, one of the best. Wilder is an ordinary Joe taking the titular Amtrak train across country. In the midst of his journey, he befriends and beds fellow passenger Jill (“An Unmarried Woman”) Clayburgh, ends up witnessing a murder then is wrongly accused of the crime, and is thrown off the train many, many times in his pursuit to clear his name, save the girl from a mysterious villain and get to the other side of the country.
This is a very gentle but funny comedy that plays with the conventions of one of Hitch’s favorite themes, the mistaken identity of everyday man in extraordinary circumstances. Wilder is wonderful, fitfully funny as usual and shines as both a romantic lead (!) and does his patented “crazy” guy when things start falling apart. Just watching Wilder’s eyes as he exasperatedly tries to explain out the fantastic plot he’s wrapped up in to unbelieving characters along the way is one of the film’s funniest, simplest rewards.
The film’s masterstroke, however, is the addition of Richard Pryor as a part-time thief. Pryor was in the midst of a very hot career in 1976, and although this film seems to restrain some of the imagination and language of his stage presence and TV specials, (this is a PG-rated movie, after all), he still creates an indelible extended ‘cameo’ that fuses film with a hip, perfectly cool counterbalance to Wilder’s mania and confusion. When Pryor is on screen he not only steals the film, but also elevates this old-fashioned adventure-comedy concept to something otherwise original… and you can’t take your eyes off the guy.
Filmed all across his native Canada (thanks IMDb for confirming this!), director Hiller pulls this fun little audience-pleasing gem along the rails to a bright and exciting climax. The supporting cast is loaded with wonderful character actors including Patrick MacGoohan, Ray (My Favorite Martian) Walston, Ned Beatty and Scatman Crothers amongst others. A very luxurious and memorable score by Henry Mancini is the capper to this sparkling comedy, perfect as a primer for, and a loving compendium of, many of the Hitchcock classics that wait for you to discover them on DVD, VHS or on the tube.
CHEER! – (8 stars out of 10)
The stage curtains open …
The first time I saw this film, I think I was about 9 or 10 years old. I just remembered the “cool scene” at the end of the movie where the train crashed into the station – careening through glass windows, a gift shop, and cement pillars. Whoa! Very cool! Nearly 40 years later, I watched it again and my perspective is completely different. Although the train crash was still pretty cool.
George Caldwell (Gene Wilder), a book editor, is on his way to his sister’s wedding in Chicago and decides to take a train, the Silver Streak, in hopes of getting some rest and a chance to get in a little work along the way. What he gets is anything but! He meets and instantly falls for a beautiful woman named Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh) and just as things are starting to get nice and comfy between them, he sees a dead man fall off the train just outside her cabin window. The further he looks into the matter, the more chaotic his trip becomes – leading to some hilarious situations and runaway train action.
There are definitely some eye rollers in this movie, but it is still a lot of fun. This was the first time that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor worked together on the big screen and it is movie magic. It has shades of Hitchcock in underlying tones and it works well here. There is some fine scenery, the acting is engaging (though silly at times), and as I mentioned before, it has a great ending.
I recommend “Silver Streak”. I enjoyed it as a kid, and I enjoyed it as an adult. It is a solid blueprint for an action comedy. Looking at the cast from this movie, most of them have passed away sadly. But, this film stands as a nice tribute to who they were and to the time in which they lived. 8 stars out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Director Arthur Hiller
Writer Colin Higgins
Actors Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Production Company 20th Century Fox
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Mitchell NC (train crash), Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm