We always say the best music, movies and TV shows have all been made, we’re here to help you remember them all.
1976’s “Silver Streak” is proof of that.
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were truly one of the most underestimated comedy duos of all time. While they only worked on four movies together, their chemistry on the screen was as smooth as silk.
Silver Streak was the first of those movie the duo would appear in. Gene Wilder as write George Caldwell, Jilly Clayburgh as “Hilly” who works for bad guy Patrick McGoohan who plays Mr. Devereau. The movie also features Scatman Crothers, Ned Beatty, and “Jaws” of James Bond fame, Richard Kiel. (Kiel was also Jackie Chan’s partner driving the Mitsubishi in 1984’s Cannonball Run II). Ray Walston and Fred Willard are also in the movie.
In very 70s fashion, George meets Hilly on the train and they hit it off. The two head back to her her room on the train for a ‘nightcap.’ While nibbling on each other, George sees a body fall from the train outside her window. The insanity begins as George is tossed off the train the next day after inquiring Hilly’s boss’s henchmen about the incident. In fact, he gets tossed off a few times. After being tossed off again, he walks to the sheriff’s office where he tries to explain what happened to an idiot of a sheriff (Clifton James) in Kansas City. This is where Pryor comes in to the picture as Grover T. Muldoon. From that point on, Grover helps George get back on the train, take care of the bad guys and Hilly before the train crashes into the Central Station in Chicago.
The movie was budgeted for around 6.5 million dollars and did over 51 million dollars at the box office.
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