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The Silver Streak

action & adventure, comedy, romance


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    88%
  • Audience Score
    72%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    88%
    reviews counted: 7
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  • Audience

    72%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: ...the entire film might just be worth a look for the sequence in which Pryor teaches Wilder how to be black.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, June 4, 2005

Fresh: It could have been a lot funnier if Wilder was a more gifted comic.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Not the funniest of films that this pairing (Wilder/Pryor) have been in together, but easy watching any how. Very much like a lot of train movies, which involve, strange goings on, murder, kidnap and confusion.

- 76Majikat, Saturday, February 4, 2012

3 stars

The sad case of a childhood favorite that didn't stand the test of time as well as hoped. Especially the set up of this crime comedy about a man witnessing a murder on a train trip from L.A. to Chicago, is rather slow. Once the plot thickens things are rather interesting, and it's pretty funny to behold how often George has to get back on the train. The longer the film is running the better its timing works, and the showdown and final crash into Chicago train station is breath taking and spectacular. Not a flawless film by any means, once the nostalgia wears off, but still very decent entertainment.

- ironclad1609, Monday, November 14, 2011

3 stars

The sad case of a childhood favorite that didn't stand the test of time as well as hoped. Especially the set up of this crime comedy about a man witnessing a murder on a train trip from L.A. to Chicago, is rather slow. Once the plot thickens things are rather interesting, and it's pretty funny to behold how often George has to get back on the train. The longer the film is running the better its timing works, and the showdown and final crash into Chicago train station is breath taking and spectacular. Not a flawless film by any means, once the nostalgia wears off, but still very decent entertainment.

- ironclad1609, Monday, November 14, 2011