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  • If ever there was a favorite Gene Wilder film to choose, which is a hard task to accomplish, then Silver Streak would be a definite contender

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      If ever there was a favorite Gene Wilder film to choose, which is a hard task to accomplish, then Silver Streak would be a definite contender. It is this film that introduced Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor to one another, even though the first half of the film is Gene’s.

      Just what genre of film was this movie? That is another hard task to accomplish. Was it a love story? Action-adventure? How about a murder mystery? Or a comedy? I know � a disaster film. If you


      are trying to guess, don’t bother, because that was a trick question. Silver Streak is all of these, rolled into one terrific film.

      The love story follows the relationship between George Caldwell (Wilder) and Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh), and is a wonderful onscreen pairing. The two are warm and cozy together on the screen, and more importantly, believable.

      Action-adventure comes from the premise. By the time the Silver Streak ends its LA to Chicago trip, there is, literally, no stopping it. And Wilder, oddly enough, spends just as ...


      • much time off the train trying to get back on, as he does actually riding the train to Chicago.

        The murder mystery is about the �alleged� murder of Hilly’s boss, as witnessed by Wilder when the Professor’s body hangs from the window outside their room. But when the good Professor appears later the following day, the mystery begins.

        The comedy is threaded all throughout the movie, but really hits its stride after the film had been on for over an hour, when Richard Pryor, as Grover Muldoon, steps

        up to guide the comedy to an enjoyable conclusion.

        The disaster occurs at the end when, approaching Chicago’s Central Station at top speed, with no engineer � well, you get the idea.

        Incredible fun. In fact, just sitting here writing this review makes me want to watch this brilliant film all over again. And I’ve only lightly touched upon it. Look for a great supporting cast in Ray Walston, Ned Beatty, Patrick McGoohan and Richard Kiel, before he becomes well known as �Jaws� in two Bond films later on.




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