Silver Streak

Visible crew/equipment: When the train cars are decoupled, behind the vapor cloud, a person is hanging from the left side of the train car but does not resemble any of the characters in the scene. (01:47:00)


Continuity mistake: When Richard Pryor is ramming the police cars after saying "demolition derby", as the shot changes he is not wearing any glasses then he's wearing sunglasses, next shot no glasses, then sunglasses again, then back to none.

sheila dunn

Plot hole: In the runaway train scene, Gene Wilder uncouples the train from the forward car, and has to make a dramatic leap to get back to the uncoupled car. Is there any reason he couldn't have uncoupled the train from the back car and just stayed put? It seems an unnecessary bit of drama.

Factual error: When Richard Kiel is shooting at Gene Wilder on the train, you hear the "ping" of a "silencer" on the gun. However, Kiel is shooting a .357 magnum, which cannot be equipped with a silencer.

Continuity mistake: At the end, when the runaway train is going through the garage, you see it approaching the end of the line as indicated by a large "bumper" at the end of the track yet when the shot changes to a front view to see it crashing through, the large "bumper" is gone.

William Bergquist

Continuity mistake: When George puts on Grover's purple jacket in the men's room, the collar is turned up in back. In the very next shot, it's rolled neatly down again, even though he hasn't touched it. (01:10:00)

Jean G

Factual error: After Devereaux is shot, he sees an oncoming locomotive on the opposite track coming towards him. The Streak is traveling over sixty miles an hour on its track, but in the background to the left of the oncoming locomotive, the Streak's tracks and background are stationary. Since the Streak is traveling at high speed, the forward tracks and background would not be stationary, but rushing towards Devereaux's point of view, along with the oncoming locomotive.

Continuity mistake: Gene Wilder's character has uncoupled the passenger cars from the run away engine. Richard Pryor, who was holding onto Wilder from the front cars, jumps from the runaway cars to the disconnected cars. If you look closely, you can see a stage hand's arm giving Pryor a push.

Plot hole: When Gene Wilder is in the bar car lamenting to Ned Beatty about how wrong he's been about everything he is intoxicated. But when Beatty leads Wilder to the top of the train to prove him wrong, Wilder becomes completely sober within a matter of minutes.

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Suggested correction: I think it is Calgary downtown.

Visible crew/equipment: While Devereau is burning the Rembrandt Letters, in the background view out of the train window, camera equipment and crew can be seen in the reflection in the windows of the buildings. Also, in the same scene, some people are standing, posed very unnaturally in front of the windows, blocking only some of the reflections. (01:29:20)

Rex Everything

Continuity mistake: In the washroom scene, in between Gene Wilder saying "That's humorous" and "May I speak", Richard Prior is applying the shoe polish on Gene Wilder's forehead and not the nose, but next shot facing Wilder, there is no polish on Wilder's forehead but there is polish on his nose. (01:14:25)

Continuity mistake: When Devereaux is shot by the cop in the helicopter, he's alone in the Silver Streak's engine compartment, leaning out the open door. He's then hit by an oncoming engine. In later shots of the runaway train, there's no sign of his body or of any blood, and the door has somehow closed itself. (01:44:00)

Jean G

Continuity mistake: While the train crash scene takes place at the fictitious Chicago Central Station, it was filmed at Toronto's Union Station in a discontinuous sequence. The train enters the station shed from the west, followed by a cab view filmed at the east end of the station. Finally, an exterior shot of the train inside the shed is shown, once again at the west end.

Continuity mistake: When Caldwell and Hilly get up from the table in the buffet car, she picks up the glass which has some champagne in it, but the shot of them walking up the aisle to leave the car shows Hilly with no glass, and Caldwell with two glasses which are empty. (00:13:53)

Factual error: When they uncouple the cars the back of the train comes to a stop, but the front should have also. When they uncouple the cars, we see steam or smoke come out of the brake hose, brake hoses use air. At the speed that the train is going it probably would have derailed in the yard long before it hit the end, yards have tight curves and are made for slow speeds. I don't care how fast the train is going, it would not have caused that much damage.


Factual error: You can't climb up on top of passenger train cars like they did. Handrails were welded on outside of car for the movie shoot. Also the red marker lights on the front of the diesel loco as it crashes through the wall are tail lights that should be on the rear. No lights would be lit for a regularly scheduled train.

David Bridge

Continuity mistake: In the train crash sequence, the real locomotive's headlamp has two lights side by side. However, when the movie cuts to the model crashing into the terminal, the headlamp has a single light. The model also lacks grilles on either lower face which were present on the real locomotive. (01:48:00)


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Trivia: The train crash at the end of the movie was filmed at Toronto's Union Station. While the layout of Union Station is irrelevant, it's interesting that the train's final position would have required it to cross the tracks at a 90° angle (more or less) and drop down onto the ramp that connects the Great Hall to the passenger departure area.

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Question: While a number of cigarettes show up in the silver streak, none appear to be lit. Am I wrong or was this subtle comedy, or production preference?

Answer: Most likely it was a production decision. Having multiple extra actors continually smoking during multiple takes and over hours of filming would make for a smokey set, affect breathing and burn peoples' eyes, be a fire hazard, and create consistency problems with cigarettes being in various stages of use (freshly lit or almost down to a stub).

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