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Silver Streak

Silver Streak
Silver Streak
Silver Streak
  • PG
  • 1h 13m
  • 1976
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Book editor George Caldwell takes a train trip from Los Angeles to Chicago and thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train.
© 1976 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Dated '70s Wilder/Pryor comedy has violence, cursing, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Silver Streak is a 1976 movie in which Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor team up to stop a murderous art thief on a runaway train. In perhaps the movie's most famous scene, in the bathroom of a train station, Pryor's character puts black shoe polish, sunglasses, and a hat to make Wilder's character look African American and thus escapes the watchful eye of police believing him to be a murderer. Pryor's character teaches Wilder's character how to talk, walk, and dance like an African-American man, and while the manner and premise in which it's presented is more of a joke at the white character's expense, those sensitive to or vehemently opposed to any portrayals of white people in blackface should either avoid this movie, or use it as an opportunity to discuss the cruel and damaging stereotypes conveyed in on-stage minstrelsy in American entertainment. Antagonists use the "N" word twice. Other profanity includes "p---y," "s--t," and "t-ts." Frequent sexual innuendo and entendre, including references to oral sex. Frequent violence: gun battles, characters killed by guns with silencers, by spear guns, characters beaten up by thugs, characters thrown off moving trains, an out-of-control train is headed at top speed toward Chicago's Union Station, jeopardizing the lives of the hundreds of people inside. Drinking, smoking, and drug use occur.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Action
  • Release Date:December 3, 1976
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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