Completely innocent man, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she's later murdered, Michael becomes the chief suspect and goes on the run.
Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »
A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.Written by
Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »
When Reace is shot by George with the spear gun, a filament line is visible at the end, as Reace grabs it and falls off the train. See more »
What do you think?
I think you better make a right up here and then a sharp left. I'm coming over.
[climbs over the seat. George suddenly swerves the car, causing Grover to lunge forward]
Jesus Christ, man, is that how you murdered your victims? Put them in a car and bounced them to death?
Sorry, my ass. You dangerous... Proves one thing though, you don't do this for no living.
No I don't.
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When Silver Streak was first shown on TV, it had scenes that were not in the home video version, such as:
There's an extra scene of George and Rita talking. She inquires as to if he was riding hobo on the train.
A longer scene of Rita and George taking off in the airplane.
At the beginning when George arrives at the train station, the taxi driver comments that since George is going from Los Angeles to Chicago and a train that he must be a sucker for boredom.
A scene where the Silver Streak is pulling into the Kansas City station, which takes place right before Grover and George rush in.
I see Silver Streak as a mild Hitchcock parody that is a nice little blend of comedy and mystery.Gene Wilder,while not at his absolute best,impresses nonetheless here.Jill Clayburgh is credible as the love interest.Yes it is the first film in which Wilder teamed with Richard Pryor,yet Wilder and Pryor are only together for a small percentage of the overall film.The film,though,has a strong enough foundation in terms of story and performances to where Pryor and Wilder do not really need to be together throughout.In fact,this is their best teaming ever despite that fact.To top it all off,the ending is a rather exciting one.A definite worthwhile watch.
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