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Silver Streak (1976)

Gene Wilder , Richard Pryor , Arthur Hiller  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Colin Higgins
  • Producers: Edward K. Milkis, Frank Yablans, Martin Ransohoff, Thomas L. Miller
  • Format: Digital Sound, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XL37E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silver Streak" on IMDb

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In this wild comedy adventure, rail passenger George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds that a romantic escapade with a sultry secretary (Jill Clayburgh) puts him in the middle of a Hitchcockian murder plot. Leaping on and off the train, in and out of roomettes

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure on a Train October 5, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is one I can watch over and over again. While Gene Wilder's cluelessness may seem to wear a little thin in places, the chemistry between the characters works. Admittedly when Richard Pryor appears the movie goes from humorous to hilarious, but in the meantime the Hitchcockian flavor will keep most viewers entertained.

Gene Wilder is a book editor travelling by train from Los Angeles to Chicago. Jill Clayburgh is a professor's assistant. During a romantic interval in Jill's compartment Gene see's a man killed. Of course the man is the professor. Let the fun begin.

Gene Wilder is a perfect straight man for this movie. He is clearly intelligent, but unused to crime and guns. His bravado is likely that of a typical suburbanite, and while we laugh at his actions, we also identify with his character.

Other stars make this movie an absolute joy to watch over and over. Richard Kiel of James Bond "Jaws" fame makes another silent appearance. Ray Walston is a sleazy hood. Clifton James, another James Bond movie character, also makes an appearance about the same time as Richard Pryor. Ned Beatty plays a government agent and Scatman Crothers plays a conductor. An all-star cast of characters actors in somewhat stereotypical roles, but they are so instantly recognizable that their appearance is enjoyable.

The train is a center piece of the movie, and the most important action scenes take place on or around the train. Train buffs who also enjoy comedies will find this movie to be fascinating. The end of the movie is particularly spectacular and intense as we wonder whether Jill, Richard, Gene and Scatman are going to survive to the end.

This movie was nearly an instant classic when it was released. Light comedy and very good entertainment, this movie is worth having on DVD.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Streak March 11, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
More than a quarter of a century has passed between the release of this movie and my review. It looks current, exciting, and brand new. I highly recommend it. The pace is great, the suspense is ubiquitous, but not overblown (as it tends to be in so many contemporary movies), and the comedy is fantastic. I believe this is one of the best comedies of the last thirty years.
Gene Wilder displays more energy in this one than Richard Pryor. He is still quite young here and runs all over the place, being thrown off the train and all. But when Pryor shows up, the overall tempo of the movie picks up somehow, and we move from the middle to the conclusion so quickly that one can hardly stop to catch his breath.
The train wreck conclusion was nicely done. Somebody mentioned that this was the forerunner of Speed, and I think that is right one the mark. Nice comedy/suspense that made me feel a litte better after I watched it. I have not taken a train since I don't know when. In Southern California, the car is king. This movie made me almost nostalgic about the place I grew up--in a universe far away--where people used trains all the time, and I was among them.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the bunch May 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Of all of the collaborations between Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, this one is my favorite. The characters are well drawn, the plot is balanced nicely between the elements of romance, adventure and mystery, plus the dialogue sparkles wittily.
The story is about a man who decides to combine a business trip with a little bit of relaxation, by taking the train from Los Angeles to Chicago. Along the way, he is involved with a beautiful woman, murder, a loveable thief and slate of "bad guys" well worthy of black hats.
The film is a charming diversion from the world; one that can be enjoyed by most of the family. It is a must have, either as a family film (for kids over 13) or a "date" movie. If you like to laugh, then add Silver Streak to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD looks good to me! January 5, 2005
Format:DVD
I've waited for this title on DVD ever since the format arrived. Even though the disc is essentially bare-bones (although the original theatrical trailer is included), you do get an anamorphic widescreen transfer--I've never seen the movie look this good. For the price, not a bad deal. I'm not sure what the other reviewer meant about the DVD being too dark; the colors and brightness look just fine to me. As to the movie itself, I always thought it was best described as a screwball comedy on rails. Only drawback (for some) might be that a lot of the comedy was probably unintentional! If you're a train freak like me, you know you have to have it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday April 11, 2000
By JAVG
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
SILVER STREAK needs to come out in a restored letterboxed DVD (adding the reminiscences of the stars on an alternative track would be great - but seems unlikely given Gene Wilder's and Richard Pryor's health concerns). Sitting down to watch this movie is like embarking on a weekend holiday with a group of terrific friends. You feel the excitement as you step on the train with Gene Wilder's character, and you're off! For anyone nostalgic for the 70's, this has the clothes, the cheesy decor, the innocent sense that saying "dirty words" was naughty and funny, and of course it has Pryor and Wilder -- two of the decade's greatest icons. Wilder in his prime here projects a sweetness and grace that is one-of-a-kind, and so endearing. Pryor is at the height of his hilarious talent and skill. Their pairing produced magic. Fine direction from Arthur Hiller following a warm-hearted script by Colin Higgins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick McGoohan
Bought it because Patrick McGoohan was in it. He did well playing the villian. Liked McGoohan since Danger Man. Good.
Published 3 days ago by Peggy Moshell
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
No menus. No way to skip to different scenes. No dvd should be released without basic menus included. Disappointed all the way around.
Published 3 days ago by Brett Diederichs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun times
Good flick, haven't seen it in years. Good to be able to see it again. Nice clean clear copy. Good quality. Good comedy take off on north by northwest.
Published 7 days ago by ManicBobo
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun
Good old fashioned movie fun, even after having seen it a few times. Would recommend it to most folks, but probably not kids due to language usage.
Published 19 days ago by Mountaineer Don
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and romance well blended script and acting. Wilder and...
Wilder's character is the typical everyman caught in difficult situations, plot twists and turns
aboard the Silver Streak train en route to Chicago from LA-LA land. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julio Claret
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Audio and Video for a Blu-Ray of an Entertaining Movie
Please describe the audio and video quality of any Blu-Ray you review. Thanks to those who do this.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1 (fills a wide-screen). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cincinnati Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Streak{BLuray}
I am very pleased with this Bluray ediion of "Silver Streak"
It was great to view it after not seeing this movie for many
years,and is the funniest movie of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Tosti
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF MOVIE
SAW THIS MOVIE YEARS AGO IN THE THEATER WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT. ENJOYED WATCHING IT AGAIN EVEN MORE. CREAT CASTING -- A COMEDY, MYSTERY AND THRILLER ALL IN ONE PACKAGE. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shama M King
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
great story! the train wreck thru grand central is one of my favorite movie scenes. I realy loved when he would say "so of a bitch
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when he fell off the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary Childers
5.0 out of 5 stars every railroader needs film
a gift for my breother as he retire after 36 years with Amtrac. All-star cast, some of whom have gone to Heaven. Thank you for a great value
Published 2 months ago by Joe Medoro
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