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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: "Professor Schreiner" going to have a Scotch tips Sweet off that he's an EvilKnockoff.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: "Professor Schreiner" going to have a Scotch tips Sweet Stevens off that he's an EvilKnockoff.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: "Professor Schreiner" going to have a Scotch tips Sweet off that he's an EvilKnockoff.


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]]), whom he believes to be 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 [[spoiler: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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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]]), whom he believes to be 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]], Sweet]] and attempt to kill George George, who escapes the train, train hoping to inform the authorities. Unfortunately, Devereau has already framed George for [[spoiler: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.


* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', which this film's director (Arthur Hiller) and screenwriter (Colin Higgins) admired.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'' and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', which this film's director (Arthur Hiller) and screenwriter (Colin Higgins) admired.


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]]), whom he believes to be 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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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]]), whom he believes to be 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.[[spoiler: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.


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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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, dealer Roger Devereau ([[Series/DangerMan Patrick]] [[Series/ThePrisoner McGoohan]]), and whom he believes that he's to be 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.


* TraintopBattle: George has one of these against Reace about halfway through the film. (Footage from the scene, with Wilder - or rather his stunt double - dangling from an overhead railroad signal, was later incorporated into the opening credits of ''{{Series/The Fall Guy}}''.)

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* TraintopBattle: George has one of these against Reace about halfway through the film. (Footage from the scene, with Wilder - or rather -- or, rather, his stunt double - -- dangling from an overhead railroad signal, was later incorporated into the opening credits of ''{{Series/The Fall Guy}}''.)

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* ShoutOut: This line from [[Creator/RichardPryor Grover]] to [[Creator/GeneWilder George]]:
-->'''Grover''': [[Film/BlazingSaddles What do you think this is, a western?]]


* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Creator/NorthByNorthwest'', which this film's director (Arthur Hiller) and screenwriter (Colin Higgins) admired.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Creator/NorthByNorthwest'', ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', which this film's director (Arthur Hiller) and screenwriter (Colin Higgins) admired.

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* MeaningfulName: Bob Sweet is a jovial, friendly, talkative and somewhat buffoonish guy [[spoiler: on the surface.]]


* ThisIsReality: George is surprised as to how quickly a gun runs out of bullets.

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* ThisIsReality: George is surprised as to how quickly a gun runs out of bullets. Possibly a ShoutOut to ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.


* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Devereau drops the N-bomb on Grover.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Devereau drops the N-bomb on Grover.Grover and gets [[BerserkButton read the riot act at gunpoint]] for it.


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.

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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.

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** He also slaps Hilly for after she fails to get George alone to explain his scheme.

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