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  Silver Streak (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip.
All exterior train shots were filmed on the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) in Alberta and Toronto, although set in the United States and operated by the fictional railroad "AMRoad" (reportedly because Amtrak did not approve of Caldwell accidentally bursting into Burns' bedroom while she was getting dressed).
Although the film dates to 1976, Henry Mancini's soundtrack was never officially released before his death in 1994.
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 Stomp Tokyo Review - Silver Streak
Our Fall '97 Film Series, in which all films must have trains (or the word "train" in the title) has its first entry in 1976's Silver Streak, a vehicle for the then-hot property Gene Wilder.
Silver Streak is the movie where a train crashes through the wall of a station with spectacular results.
Silver Streak was a fitting beginning to our series of train films: it's funny, has an interesting story, and even features a coherent Richard Pryor.
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 Silver Streak
Intro: Seeing Silver Streak again after so many years, the first thing I noticed was how badly it had aged; not the picture or sound quality (though the transfer here leaves a lot to be desired), but the movie itself.
Being that Silver Streak was made during the height of the disaster movie craze, one has to assume the part of the reason for the movie's existence is to depict the climactic train crash, which is shown in loving, destructive, slow-motion detail.
Until this film, Wilder got a lot of mileage out of eccentric, slightly unhinged roles, and while we occasionally see some of Wilder's nutty persona, he seems occasionally out of his element when called upon to be a romantic action hero.
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 Silver Streak (1934) Movie Poster
The Silver Streak is the invention of young mechanical genius, Tom Caldwell (Starrett).
Luckily, Caldwell has since discovered that the Silver Streak's performance problem was a minor clearance problem in the generator, and he convinces B.J. Dexter to let him and the Silver Streak attempt to deliver the Iron Lung to Nevada.
So, during the final drama, the Silver Streak is removed from the display booth at the Chicago World's Fair, and will have to break the trans-continental railroad speed record in order to deliver the life saving device.
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 African-Americans in Motion Pictures
The use of sound films or the "talkies" was the new technique connecting the silent staged scenes in movies to the voices of actors and the action of those scenes.
These films were cutting the edge of placing fl and white actors in dramatic roles depicting situations centered around the fl plight and the issue of color on the big screen.
She also reviews hundreds of feature films, tv shows, tv movies of the week, student films, documentaries, and animation films that were released the prior year.
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 Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Film noir is not firmly rooted in either personal creation or in the translation of another tradition into movie terms.
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, films are made by filmmakers not by critics, whose understanding of the process is necessarily limited.
If observers of film noir agree on anything, it is on the boundaries of the classic period, which begins in 1941 with The Maltese Falcon and ends less than a score of years later with Touch of Evil.
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 The Silver Streak
Actually, ''The Silver Streak'' was a 72-minute B-movie intended for the bottom half of double features or solo at cheaper theaters.
Sally Blane was the love interest, ex-silent film star William Farnum her father, the railroad president.
Both the screenplay and the video of the RKO "The Silver Streak" can be studied in the archives of Knox College's Seymour Library.
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 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema 2002
A leading lady of film, television (Emmy Award-nominated) and stage, she is currently most familiar to television audiences as Ally McBeal's mother, Jeannie.
That same year, she appeared opposite Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in the comedy smash Silver Streak, demonstrating that she could be just as unpredictable, and have just as much fun, as the boys.
She continued to work in various film projects in the early 1980s, including giving a virtuoso performance as a director who becomes addicted to valium in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982).
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 Pryor, Richard
Richard Pryor, comic, writer, television and film star was the first African American stand-up comedian to speak candidly and successfully to integrated audiences using the language and jokes fls previously only shared among themselves when they were most critical of America.
Simultaneously, his concert films, full of his impersonations, cockiness, and assertiveness, and balanced by his perceptive vulnerability achieved wide audience appeal and became legendary in their content.
The response to this tragedy was overwhelming and Pryor received attention from the media as well as from citizens throughout the United States.
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 North By Northwest (1959)
The box-office hit film is one of the most entertaining movies ever made and one of Hitchcock's most famous suspense/mystery stories in his entire career.
One of the film's posters advertised: "Only Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock ever gave you so much suspense in so many directions." The film paired debonair Cary Grant with director Hitchcock for the fourth and last time: their earlier collaborations were in Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), and To Catch a Thief (1955).
The title of the film is an anomaly and a clue to the absurd, confused plot in which no one is what he/she appears to be - there is no sharply delineated N by NW on a compass - it is an improbable direction.
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 At-A-Glance Film Reviews: Silver Streak (1976)
Silver Streak, starring Gene Wilder, is a comic train thriller, reminiscent of the classics of the genre, but with a decidedly modern sense of humor.
Clifton James, who played Sheriff J. Pepper in two of the Bond films made immediately before Silver Streak, plays almost the same character here, though without the redneck slant.
And Richard Kiel, who played Jaws in two of the Bond films made immediately after Silver Streak, plays almost the same character here too, metal teeth and all.
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 Silver Streak (1976)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Filming was done in Alberta Canada and in one scene the train passes a small town with a grain elevator which is plainly marked "Alberta Wheat Pool".
Everything about Silver Streak is so unpretentious, seeing it today that really was a kind of a revelation to me.
Silver Streak is an entertaining and – in a positive way - forgettable movie.
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 Silver Streak review (1976) - Qwipster's Movie Reviews
It's also the first of four films that would join 70s comedic giants, Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) and Richard Pryor, who re-teamed for the 1980 hit Stir Crazy, as well as See No Evil Hear No Evil (which was also directed by Hiller), and Another You.
Silver Streak's goals are modest -- a little comedy, a little intrigue, a little romance, and a whole lot of fun.
Taken as pure entertainment, it fits the bill, and even if the jokes aren't always side-splitting, there are many smiles to be had from the zany performances of Wilder and Pryor.
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 Comedy Films
It was typical of the films of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, W. Fields, The Three Stooges, the stunts of Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923), and Mack Sennett's silent era shorts (for example, the Keystone Kops).
This was classically typified by the cruel verbal wit of W. Fields, the sexual innuendo of Mae West, or the verbal absurdity of dialogues in the Marx Brothers films, or later by the self-effacing, thoughtful humor of Woody Allen's literate comedies.
Screwball comedies, a sub-genre of romantic comedy films, was predominant from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s.
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 Amazon.ca: Silver Streak: DVD: Arthur Hiller,Harvey Atkin,Ned Beatty,Henry Beckman,Lucille Benson,Len Birman,Jill ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Silver Streak was a hit when it came out and remains a hit with fans after all these years.
Exterior shots of the train set in the rural western U.S. were filmed on the Canadian Pacific line from the Crowsnest Pass to Lethbridge, Alberta.
Originally meant to be filmed in the United States; however, the National Rail Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) was fearful of adverse publicity and refused to cooperate.
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 Silver Streak (1976) - Channel 4 Film review
Silver Streak is the name of the train that publisher Gene Wilder boards to get away from it all.
However, on the long journey from LA to Chicago he stumbles across a murder, and soon finds himself at the mercy of the perpetrator.
Far from first-class, but Silver Streak rattles along nicely whenever Wilder and Pryor share the screen.
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 Silver Streak
Mild-mannered Gene Wilder boards a train from Los Angeles to Chicago (actually filmed in Canada), becomes involved in a mystery plot and is framed for murder.
Additional cast: Jill Clayburgh, Ned Beatty, Ray Walston, Scatman Crothers, Clifton James, Richard Kiel (who also played a villain in two James Bond films), and Fred Willard as a railroad bureaucrat who refuses to believe that anything is wrong.
In the early decades of Hollywood, a way of saving money was to find out when something was happening, film it, and write a movie to match the footage.
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 20th Israel Film Festival - Honoree: Arthur Hiller
Some of his most recognized films include: The Americanization of Emily (1963), The Out-Of-Towners (1969), Hospital (1971), Plaza Suite (1971), Man of La Mancha (1972), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), Silver Streak (1976), The In-Laws (1978), Making Love (1981), Outrageous Fortune (1986), and The Babe (1992).
They have two children; daughter Erica, a film producer; and son Henryk, who is an attorney involved with Native American rights in Seattle.
For his outstanding leadership in the motion picture industry and his support of humanitarian causes in the State of Israel, the 20th Israel Film Festival is very proud to present Arthur Hiller with the 2004 IFF Humanitarian Award.
www.israelfilmfestival.com /iff04/honoree_hiller.aspx   (486 words)

 Richard Pryor filmography - Time Out Film
Wally Hammond salutes the career of Spanish film's 'old rogue', Luis Buñuel.
The Mexican director discusses his globe-trotting new film 'Babel'.
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 Silver Streak on Christmas Day - 92Y Blog - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY
Makor’s Chinese Food and a Movie on Christmas Day is a longtime tradition here—all-you-can-eat Chinese food and great films.
In memoriam, film critic Roger Ebert wrote about their 1976 Silver Streak in his obit.
We’ll be screening Silver Streak at Makor in Richard’s honor.
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 Needcoffee.com DVD Review: Silver Streak (1976)
The film is silly, it's a Hitchcock knockoff of the first order, and it's really over the top.
If not a commentary (since they're both with us still, although I don't know about Pryor's ability to contribute, and as far as the major players go, only scribe Higgins is lost to us), then a small featurette as a tribute to the two of them working together.
The film is worth having if you're a fan of this particular comedy team and just want to be a completist about it.
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 Seventies Almanac - 1976
Not only was it the biggest double album to that time, but it was also number one for an incredible seventeen weeks.
Ironically, three of the four band members did not even perform on their biggest hit single, a lilting 1976 ballad, "Beth." Only drummer Peter Criss (who wrote the song) showed up for the session, at which he was accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra and a 30-voice boys choir.
Paul McCartney begins his Wings over America tour, from which an album by the same name would be released a year later and zoom to number one.
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 glbtq >> arts >> Film Directors
But his great crossover film was Das Boot (1981), a nail-biting wartime drama told from the perspective of the average German submariner.
This success was followed by such teen (heterosexual) romance films as Blue Lagoon (1980) and Summer Lovers (1982) and popular comedies such as Big Top Pee-Wee (1988) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).
Here he expertly blends the genre of the road film with Shakespeare's Henry IV to present a compelling study of young gay hustlers, played by Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix.
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 AMCTV.com SHOW - Stir Crazy
After their great success in Silver Streak (1976), Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor team up once again in this comedy about a couple of East Coast losers who travel to California hoping to find a better life.
After taking a job in a small town, they are mistaken for two bank robbers and sent to prison to serve out 120-year sentences.
This film is the second and last time Richard Pryor would appear in a Sidney Poitier directed film.
www.amctv.com /show/detail?CID=10418-1-1   (79 words)

 The Silver Streak | Cast & Crew | MTV Movies
Beyond the fact that both films shared a "railroad" background, RKO Radio's 1935 actioner Silver Streak bore no relation to the 1976 Gene Wilder vehicle of the same name.
The earlier film stars Charles Starrett as Tom Caldwell, the dynamic young designer of a streamlined, high-speed passenger train.
The real-life Burlington Zephyr "plays" the titular train in Silver Streak, which earned a much-needed $107,000 profit for RKO.
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 AFI's 100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS
Five Woody Allen films made the list, including the film ranked #4, ANNIE HALL, making him the most represented director; George Cukor, Charlie Chaplin and Preston Sturges all directed four films; Mel Brooks directed three films, all of which placed in the top 15.
A wide array of funny films — from slapstick comedy to romantic comedy; from satire and fl comedy to musical comedy; from comedy of manners to comedy of errors — were nominated for this distinction.
AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated films to a jury of 1800 leaders from the film community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, etc.), critics, historians and film executives.
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 KQED Arts Blog: Q-500 Experiment: 353-Silver Streak (1976)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Pryor doesn't show up until about an hour into the film, but immediately makes an impact.
The story is much like the films of the '30s, with mob goons, mistaken identities, and scene chewing support actors.
Although it's very dated with '70s references, including one scene with Wilder in flface that would never get made today, the film is still funny.
www.kqed.org /weblog/q500/2006/09/353-silver-streak-1976.html   (184 words)

 Distinguished Alumni Winner: Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder, 55BA, is probably best known for making millions of people laugh, but his skills as an actor, screenwriter, and director have made enormous contributions to American cultural life.
The success of that film, along with the fact that no one else was writing the types of roles he liked to play, convinced him to write-and then star in-more film plays.
In 2001, Wilder and his brother-in-law and co-author Gil Pearlman donated a significant collection of scripts, correspondence, film memorabilia, and photographs to Special Collections at the UI Libraries, including a draft of Young Frankenstein.
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