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.”
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)