Silver Streak

Synopsis: A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Arthur Hiller
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Now arriving on track number seven,

the "Los Angeles Express"...

- Where to?

- The train to Chicago. The Silver Streak.

- Silver Streak. I'll take care of your bags, sir.

- Thank you.

Thank you.


What are those conventioneers doing

at the baggage cart?


Now, ain't that something?

I thought it was bad enough with the hippies

on board. Now we got their fathers.

- Oh, we had to get Mary Lou.

- She's our date for the party.

Come on, conductor,

let's get this show on the track.

Oh, oh, oh, I beg your pardon.

Hello. Am I in the right place?

First class. Yes, sir. Right this way.

Watch your step there.

- This is your room.

- OK. Thanks a lot.

Thank you. Have a pleasant trip.

Sir, will you need all these bags here?

If not, I can store some at the other end.

Sure, sure. All I need is this one

and that one. You can take this.

And I'll keep the briefcase. Is this the bed?

- Yeah. I'll be making that up a little later on.

- OK. Thanks.

- And this is...

- Your lavatory and sink, sir.

- Nice big room.

- Very convenient.

What's this?

That turns the room into a double suite.

We used to have a lot of calls for them.

I'm sorry.

I'm not doing it on purpose.

This latch seems to be stuck, that's all.

- Did you say something?

- No. No.

I agree with everything you said.

I wanna take it easy.

Good. You just settle

back and enjoy the trip.

It won't be too exciting,

but we'll get you there on time.

- OK.

- Have a nice rest.

- Thanks a lot. Bye-bye.

- Good evening.


So long, LA! Bye!

Do you like this perfume?

I mixed it myself.

Lovely. Very nice.

That's something, huh? Yes, sir.

We leave Los Angeles and we

go right up there to Nevada, into Colorado,

across the Rockies,

up to Kansas City, Kansas.

Right in here's a town

called Ashland, Missouri.

Cross the big Mississippi, two-and-a-half

days, we're up there in Chicago.

- That's some trip, huh?

- Mm-hm.

- You from Chicago?

- No, LA.

I'm from Chicago.

My name is Bob Sweet.

A sweet man, but a mean baby.

- George Caldwell.

- Yeah?

- What racket are you in?

- Publishing.

- No kidding. Come on, sit down here.

- Thanks.

You know, I'm in vitamins myself. Mm-hm.

Here. Here.

There's a sample for you of vitamin E.

Now, that is great for the old pecker.

It keeps the pencil sharp. I'm not kidding.

Have you had a chance yet

to check out the action?

No. Actually, this is the first

time I've ever taken a train.

- You're kidding me.

- No.

Come on.

- Well, you're in for the ride of your life.

- Oh, yeah?

Pick out a little chickie, my friend, and

it's hug and munch all the way to Chicago.

- Really?

- I do it all the time.

I tell my boss that I'm afraid of flying

and I get this action twice a year.

It's a cathouse on wheels.

Hey, listen, come on. It's something about

the movement of the train that does it.

All that motion makes a girl horny.

I'll tell you, Bob, I'm not really

interested in a shipboard romance.

- I took the train to rest and read.

- H-Hold it, hold it right there, George.

I believe I see my chickie for tonight.

Hi there. Can I buy you a drink?

- I have one. Thank you.

- Well, I'll justjoin you then, huh?

That's an old fashioned, bartender.

Do you go all the way?


I said, do you go all the way...

to Chicago?


Yes, I do.

- Well then, maybe we can do it together.

- Do what?

Go to Chicago.

I mean, you know, we're gonna be...

We're stuck on this train together

and... you can'tjump off.

You feel that motion?

- Are you hot?

- What?

I said, are you hot?

Lady, I am always hot.

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Colin Higgins

Colin Higgins (28 July 1941 – 5 August 1988) was an Australian-American screenwriter, actor, director, and producer. He was best known for writing the screenplay for the 1971 film Harold and Maude, and for directing the films Foul Play (1978) and 9 to 5 (1980). He is not to be confused with a British actor of the same name who is known to Star Wars trivia buffs as "Fake Wedge" and who died in December 2012. more…

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