The Silver Streak

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20th Century Fox Released 1976

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Director:
Arthur Hiller
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG

Silver Streak is a hysterical and elegant comedy in the vein of North by Northwest from Arthur Hiller, director of Love Story. George Caldwell (Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, See No Evil, Hear No Evil) is a Los Angeles How To Do It Books editor, who boards the classy conveyance the Silver Streak at Union Station and doesn't know the moment he steps foot on it that his destination is intrigue and adventure! Almost immediately, he meets a gregarious vitamin salesman named Bob Sweet (Ned Beatty, Deliverance, Superman, Network) and his shipboard romance subject, Hilly (Jill Clayburgh). Attraction sparks between the two, but things get complicated when George witnesses the murder of Hilly's professor boss and soon finds himself embroiled in a web of mystery involving secret sought after letters and a major metropolitan art scandal in the making perpetrated by the suavely sinister Roger Devereau (Patrick McGoohan, Braveheart, The Prisoner).

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety

    While falling short of its comedy promise (except when Richard Pryor is on the screen), Silver Streak is an okay adventure comedy starring Gene Wilder on the lam from crooked art t...

  • 50

    Time Out

    Silver Streak, the train which travels from LA to Chicago and houses a murder, dawdles rather than streaks. Characters and plot ramble at will, and no matter how high Colin Higgins...

  • 40

    Empire William Thomas

    It?s hard to remember that this extremely unexceptional film was a major hit back in the 70s.

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