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Boxcar Bertha (14-Jun-1972)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Joyce H. Corrington; John William Corrington

Based on a book: Sister of the Road by Bertha Thompson with Dr. Ben L. Reitman

Music Composed by: Gib Guilbeau; Thad Maxwell

Producer: Roger Corman

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Victor Argo
5-Nov-1934 6-Apr-2004 Taxi Driver and Mean Streets
David Carradine
8-Dec-1936 3-Jun-2009 Grasshopper
John Carradine
5-Feb-1906 27-Nov-1988 In over 200 B movies
Bernie Casey
8-Jun-1939   NFL wide receiver turned actor
Barbara Hershey
5-Feb-1948   Boxcar Bertha and Mary Magdalene
Barry Primus
16-Feb-1938   Gold Coast


Barbara Hershey   ...   Boxcar Bertha
David Carradine   ...   Big Bill Shelly (union organizer)
Barry Primus   ...   Rake Brown
Bernie Casey   ...   Von Morton
John Carradine   ...   Sartoris
Victor Argo   ...   McIver #1
David R. Osterhout   ...   McIver #2
Grahame Pratt   ...   Emeric Pressburger
Chicken Holleman   ...   Michael Powell
Harry Northup   ...   Harvey Hall
Ann Morell   ...   Tillie Parr
Marianne Dole   ...   Mrs. Mailler
Joe Reynolds   ...   Joe Cox


Review by DOGMAN (posted on 2-Oct-2007)

Although the acting is rather slow and fake, this feature has it's merits and can be quite entertaining. For those who wish to see a young Ms. Hershey and Mr. Carridine in the total buff, several times, this one's a must! I saw it because I'm a railfan and love steam trains. There could have been more trains, but there is a great scene when the gang steals an engine. Scorcese was really just getting started here and it shows. Sometimes the actors look like they just don't know what to do. Also annoying is the splattering blood which looks too much like ripe red tomatoes. All in all, considering the time period his was made and the materials avialable, it's worthwhile seeing once.

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