Directed by Arthur Hiller. US. 1976. PG. 1 hour 54 minutes. Fox. Digital.
Sun., November 5, 2017
Gene Wilder stars in this highly entertaining Hitchcockian comedy/thriller/romance/action film from the mid-70s. He plays a mild-mannered (what else?) book executive who is hoping to take a leisurely train ride from Los Angeles to Chicago aboard the famed Silver Streak. While on board he becomes embroiled in a world of intrigue, kidnapping, art-forgery, and murder; even somehow getting tossed from the train – not once, but several times. Though the lovely Jill Clayburgh, as his romantic interest, is his nominal co-star, the real chemistry here comes when he meets up with Richard Pryor, as a petty thief on the run. The teaming of Wilder and Pryor (the former calm and innocent, and the latter manic and cool) is so electric and hilarious in this film that it led to several re-teamings, including the major hit Stir Crazy.