Silver Streak (1976)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1976, , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976New York Film Critics Awards 1976.  

Gene Wilder is an airplane-phobic book editor who boards a train that will take him from Chicago to Los Angeles in what he hopes will be a pleasure trip. His hopes are heightened further when he meets a beautiful woman (Jill Clayburgh, who is criminally underused) and the two spark an attraction between them. One night he sees what he is sure is a body being thrown off the train, and his inability to prove it or get anyone to believe him starts a hilarious descent into a murder mystery that keeps getting him thrown off the train and eventually pairs him up with a car thief () who helps him get to the bottom of the mystery. Lots of great humour, especially from Pryor, in a film hasn’t aged all that well but is a great comedic homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, most especially The Lady Vanishes and North y Northwest, but it equals neither of them.

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