(out of 5)
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 (Richard Pryor) 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.
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Screenplay by Colin Higgins
Cinematography by David M. Walsh
Music by Henry Mancini
Production Design by Alfred Sweeney
Film Editing by David Bretherton