Review: ‘Silver Streak’

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 thieves aboard a trans-continental train.

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 thieves aboard a trans-continental train.

Wilder, mild-mannered book executive, boards a train for a leisurely trip from Los Angeles to Chicago. Jill Clayburgh, in adjoining compartment, works for an art scholar whose research will expose the fakery of Patrick McGoohan, urbane and despicable villain of the George Sanders-Basil Rathbone school.

Only when Pryor enters the film is there some long-overdue snap and zest. Wilder and Pryor are great together.

1976: Nomination: Best Sound

Silver Streak

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Arthur Hiller; Producer Thomas L. Miller, Edward K. Milkis; Screenplay Colin Higgins; Camera David M. Walsh; Editor David Bretherton; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Alfred Sweeney

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Gene Wilder Jill Clayburgh Richard Pryor Patrick McGoohan Ned Beatty Clifton James
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