Silver Streak Film Details
Overview: On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.
Tagline: By train, by plane, by the edge of your seat – It’s the most hilarious suspense ride of your life!
Review: If you like movies that are set on trains then this one will be up your street. It’s one of the best train movies around and if you are a Gene Wilder fan then it’s a real treat. Wilder and his brand of humor were no better than in this film. He was at his best in the 70’s and early 80’s to so all in all you can’t go wrong with this great 70’s classic. But that is not just it, Richard Prior joins in about a third of the way through the film and Patrick McGoohan who revels in playing mysterious or devious characters is in his element as the the smooth but the cold and ruthless Roger Devereau who’ll go to any length to get what he wants. Also, for James Bond fans there is a small role for Clifton James playing a very similar character than he played in the Bond movies and also Richard Kiel who played one of Deveraux’s heavies. The 7 foot actor would go onto play “Jaws” in two up-coming bond movies. Also in support are character actors Scatman Crowthers, Ray Walston and Ned Beatty with Jill Clayburgh playing the heroin. Wilder plays George Caldwell an average Joe who has a dull job in publishing who decides to take Amtrax’s “Silver Streak” from LA to Chicago so he can catch up with some paper work and reading. However, he somehow finds himself involved in a romantic relationship after clicking with fellow passenger Hilly Burns, but that’s just for starters. While in Hilly’s coach he sees a body being thrown from the train, strangely enough it turns out to be Hilly’s boss professor Schreiner who is traveling with her. Caldwell starts to investigate this but soon finds himself way in over his head and is unceremoniously thrown off the train because of his meddling. Fortunately he manages to re-board the train further down the line much to the surprise of Deveraux and co. He soon discovers that Deveraux also knows Hilly Burns but the most shocking discovery is that the professor is alive and well and none the worse for wear. Maybe he did have too much champaign that night, perhaps it was the light playing tricks and he just imagined it? Then again why was he thrown from the train? There are more questions than answers here and Caldwell not going to be put off decides to continue his investigating now knowing that he has to be less brazen and more cautious than before. So this publisher who was looking for the quiet life now finds himself getting more than he bargained for as he gets involved in espionage and intrigue. Nobody appears to be who they say they are and in the end he puts himself in more hot water as things unravel. Another body turns up but this time Caldwell himself is implicated in the death, so not only are Deveroux’s men after him, it turns out the police are too! Some would say that this is a spoof from a Hitchcock movie, there are similarities from a couple of Hitchocks movies, I would say that this is an adventure and not a spoof like AIRPLANE. It’s more an adventure with the awkward and hapless George Caldwell. This type of performance was right up Wilder’s street, being at the same time up against the serious Patrick McGoohan, this is why the film works! In the end everybody gets their just deserts and although the finale is somewhat predictable the last scenes are quite spectacular. Good entertainment all round, great outdoor shots of the train and the surrounding country, with an easy-going yet distinctive music score to boot. Not a bad watch at all!
Duration: 114 min
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
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