Silver Streak

Silver StreakBBB.5

(out of 5)

 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 (, 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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USA, 1976

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Sound (Donald Mitchell, Douglas Williams, Richard Tyler, Hal Etherington)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Gene Wilder)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Marty Feldman)


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