History Film / SilverStreak

20th Mar '18 4:18:23 AM jormis29
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George Caldwell (Wilder) is a book editor traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago via a passenger train nicknamed the "Silver Streak". On board, he meets a vitamin salesman named Bob Sweet (Ned Beatty) and a secretary named Hilly Burns (Clayburgh), whom he quickly romances.

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George Caldwell (Wilder) is a book editor traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago via a passenger train nicknamed the "Silver Streak". On board, he meets a vitamin salesman named Bob Sweet (Ned Beatty) (Creator/NedBeatty) and a secretary named Hilly Burns (Clayburgh), whom he quickly romances.
4th Mar '18 7:51:33 PM falcon2484
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* GoryDiscretionShot: Devereau [[spoiler: is (presumably) [[LosingYourHead decapitated]] by another train]]; it's not shown onscreen (it's a PG film, after all), but George ''does'' see it, and prevents Hilly from looking.


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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Devereau barely cares about what happened to Reace, and is amused when George tells him "I shot him." Later, when Whiney is injured in the shootout and is desperately trying to get back on board the train, Devereau stomps on his hand instead of helping him.
29th Jan '18 10:16:50 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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** He also slaps Hilly for after she fails to get George alone to explain his scheme.
29th Jan '18 6:52:37 AM nightkiller
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* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Played straight. The Feds have revolvers. Devereau and his men have what appear to be M-16s.

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* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Played straight. The Feds have revolvers. Devereau and his men have what appear to be M-16s.AR-18s.
7th Jan '18 8:51:50 AM AzureOwl
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* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: According to the feds, Devereau once engineered a plane crash in Cologne, Germany that killed a hundred people just to get one man, in order to cover up Devereauís involvement with a scandal at the Metropolitan Gallery.

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* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: According to the feds, Feds, Devereau once engineered a plane crash in Cologne, Germany that killed a hundred people just to get one man, in order to cover up Devereauís involvement with a scandal at the Metropolitan Gallery.
7th Jan '18 8:46:53 AM AzureOwl
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* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: According to the feds, Devereau once engineered a plane crash in Cologne, Germany that killed a hundred people just to get one man, in order to cover up Devereauís involvement with a scandal at the Metropolitan Gallery.
4th Jan '18 3:52:48 AM jormis29
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* GiantMook: Reace, played by Richard Kiel.

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* GiantMook: Reace, played by Richard Kiel.by Creator/RichardKiel.
9th Nov '17 6:36:52 PM foxley
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* CarMeetsHouse: The film ends with the engine of the Silver Streak ploughing through the wall of Chicago's Union Station and into the terminal.


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19th Oct '17 11:18:33 PM KnownUnknown
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Of the "life before cell phones" variety.
19th Oct '17 11:05:17 PM KnownUnknown
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Every official in the movie besides the Feds is thoroughly unhelpful in getting the plot rolling, forcing George to do almost everything himself. Even the Feds themselves run into this: when they - the ''police'' - call Chicago station to warn them of the runaway train in the climax, they're met with a smarmy and incredulous middleman who refuses to cooperate until he gets absolute proof from his own people, and then can't even help them after he does. He does eventually pick up the pace in finding his boss, who happens to be taking his break in the most remote part of the station.



* PoliceAreUseless: George's efforts to explain Devereau's plot to TheSheriff prove ineffective.
** Averted when it is revealed that the manhunt for George was a ruse to bring him in and get information on Devereau's plan. Then, sadly, reinstated when the shoot-out at the end is [[TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw started by the Feds]].

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* PoliceAreUseless: George's efforts to explain Devereau's plot to TheSheriff prove ineffective.
ineffective, culminating in the Sheriff ignoring everything he's saying while accusing him of being a murderer.
** Averted when it is revealed that the manhunt for George was a ruse to bring him in and get information on Devereau's plan.plan (though the Sheriff and the other street cops evidently didn't know that). Then, sadly, reinstated when the shoot-out at the end is [[TheLopsidedArmOfTheLaw started by the Feds]].


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Of the "life before cell phones" variety.
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