Reel Quick: Silver Streak

We watch a lot of movies that we just don’t have the time to write about, so Reel Quick is a new feature where we provide our expert opinions in bite-size pieces.

Silver Streak (1976)


Starring: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Ned Beatty, Ray Walston, Richard “Jaws” Kiel

Synopsis: George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) gets caught up in some murder and espionage on a train, and Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor) helps his white ass out.

Best part(s): Gene Wilder trying to elude the authorities by putting on black face and trying to be “jive.”

Silver Streak blackface

Worst part(s): Hearing people call Richard Pryor the N-word always makes me uneasy.

Best line(s): [Grover is attempting to hot wire a Jaguar]

Grover Muldoon: I’m following the plan. Just changed my mind.

George Caldwell: Are you crazy? I thought we were gonna take the Chevy in back.

Grover Muldoon: Chevy? That’s a jerk-off, man. This here is pure pussy.

George Caldwell: Pure pussy? Tell that to the judge.

Nudity: I think I saw one of Ray Walston’s testicles but I’m not sure.

Overall: Not as funny as you’d expect it to be, but worth a watch. Tries to be North by Northwest but stars fucking Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, even though Pryor doesn’t show up until an hour into the movie. But since I love those guys like my own grandfathers, I enjoyed it.

Score: 6.5 Richard Kiels (out of 10)

3 thoughts on “Reel Quick: Silver Streak

    • I wish. My facial hair doesn’t grow in that great, but Brad has had some pretty substantial mustaches in the past.

      By the way, I have Molly and the Ghost from Netflix at home, but I’ve had a cold and I want to be drunk when I watch it.


      • SWEET!!! You’ll need some cocktails to get through that bastard I mean excellent piece of film.

        I understand about the stache – my facial hair is really red so every time I’ve tried a stache it looks very porny.


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