- 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, bars and dining cars, George teams up with an amiable, small-time crook (Richard Pryor) to defy the murderer’s henchmen, FBI agents and a host of other outrageous characters.
What We Thought:
- Gene Wilder is the best. Such a gentle sweetheart, he makes me instantly laugh, and Silver Streak is a perfect vehicle for his brand of humor.
- In many ways this film is not that different from the James Bond films of the Roger Moore era, except of course that it’s not trash, it actually works. And it has aged surprisingly well.
- The film strikes a perfect balance between comedy, light romance, and light action. The glue that holds this together is the charm of Wilder and the chemistry he has with Clayburgh and Pryor.
- Sidebar: I have a major soft spot for movies about trains, in that respect this is right up there with Under Siege 2 and Runaway Train.
- What I love most about this film, is that it’s not cynical and it’s not gross, the way modern comedies often are.
- The Blu-ray looks fine for a catalogue title, some scenes have heavy grain, but mostly it looks quite descent.
- When they say “they don’t make ’em like this anymore’, it’s films like Silver Streak they talk about.
- Nothing. There’s LITERALLY nothing on this disc but the film. No menu, no subtitles, no special features, nothing. Disc is locked for region A.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Arthur Hiller (Director)
- Gene Wilder
- Jill Clayburgh
- Richard Pryor
- Patrick McGoohan
- Ned Beatty
- Clifton James
- Ray Walston
Recommended if You Like:
- Gene Wilder
- Movies with trains
- Comedies from simpler times
Extra Features: F