History Film / SilverStreak

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.
29th Jul '17 7:10:44 PM shawn_allen
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** Later, when exiting the train at the emergency stop, one of them is escaping with a box of Twinkies and other snack foods.
9th Jun '17 10:49:31 PM nombretomado
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9th Apr '17 5:36:25 PM themisterfree
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While trying to get intimate with Hilly, George sees the body of Hilly's employer, Professor Schreiner, falling off the roof. When George attempts to investigate, he too is thrown off the train. He eventually makes his way back on the train, and tells Bob Sweet what happened. Sweet reveals that he's actually an FBI agent who's been tailing international art dealer, Roger Devereau ([[Series/DangerMan Patrick]] [[Series/ThePrisoner McGoohan]]), and believes that he's the one responsible for Schreiner's death. Schreiner's new book on Rembrandt would have exposed several of Devereau's prized pieces as frauds. However, Devereau's henchmen [[spoiler: kill Sweet]], and attempt to kill George who escapes the train, hoping to inform the authorities. Unfortunately, Devereau has already framed George for Sweet's death. He is able to evade the police with the aid of a thief named Grover T. Muldoon (Pryor), and must find a way back aboard the Silver Streak and rescue Hilly.

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While trying to get intimate with Hilly, George sees the body of Hilly's employer, Professor Schreiner, falling off the roof. When George attempts to investigate, he too is thrown off the train. He eventually makes his way back on the train, and tells Bob Sweet what happened. Sweet reveals that he's actually an FBI agent who's been tailing international art dealer, Roger Devereau ([[Series/DangerMan Patrick]] [[Series/ThePrisoner McGoohan]]), and believes that he's the one responsible for Schreiner's death. Schreiner's new book on Rembrandt would have exposed several of Devereau's prized pieces as frauds. However, Devereau's henchmen [[spoiler: kill Sweet]], and attempt to kill George who escapes the train, hoping to inform the authorities. Unfortunately, Devereau has already framed George for Sweet's death. He is able to evade the police with the aid of a thief named Grover T. Muldoon (Pryor), and must find a way back aboard the Silver Streak to stop Devereau and rescue Hilly.


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* OnlySaneMan: George is a simple book editor with a love of gardening, who suddenly finds himself caught in a web of intrigue between government agents, art forgers and a random criminal who becomes his partner as he tries to stop the plot.
18th Dec '16 1:49:11 PM LarryMullen
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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Toronto Doubling]]: Many of the railroad station scenes (supposedly Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Chicago) were actually filmed in various parts of Union Station in Toronto. Also, Alberta stands in for the Midwest in several places.
14th Sep '16 5:52:15 PM PanLeopard
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* DeadfootLeadfoot: [[spoiler:Devereau is killed after taking over the train, but unfortunately there's still a heavy toolbox sitting on the gas pedal. Modern locomotives use an intermittent alerter system to avoid this potential for abuse.]]

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* DeadfootLeadfoot: [[spoiler:Devereau is killed after taking over the train, but unfortunately there's still a heavy toolbox sitting on the gas pedal.dead-man's pedal (Which would otherwise apply the emergency brakes if not constantly held down.). Modern locomotives use an intermittent alerter system to avoid this potential for abuse.]]
13th Sep '16 11:31:40 AM Winter
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* HarpoonGun: George finds one in the cargo car before confronting Reace on top of the Silver Streak and shoots him with it.
1st Sep '16 7:59:38 AM KneadToKnow
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--> '''George:''' If this is the DT's, I'm gonna give up the bottle for good!

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--> '''George:''' If this is what the DT's, DT's are like, I'm gonna give giving up the bottle for good!life!
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