The Gravy Train
|The Gravy Train|
|Directed by||Jack Starrett|
|Produced by||Jonathan Taplin|
|Written by||Bill Kerby|
Terrence Malick (as David Whitney)
|Music by||Fred Karlin|
|Edited by||John C. Horger|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|June 16, 1974|
The Gravy Train, also commonly known as The Dion Brothers, is a 1974 American crime-comedy film directed by Jack Starrett, written by Terrence Malick (under the pseudonym David Whitney) and Bill Kerby, and starring Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest.
Although initially overlooked by audiences and critics alike, it has in recent years developed a cult following, and has been highly praised by filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and David Gordon Green. The film is still relatively obscure and hard to find, as there has never been any official VHS or DVD release.
Two West Virginia brothers quit their jobs as coal miners in order to make their fortune from armed robbery.
- Stacy Keach as Calvin
- Frederic Forrest as Rut
- Margot Kidder as Margue
- Barry Primus as Tony
- Richard Romanus as Carlo
- Denny Miller as Rex
Despite a limited theatrical run and no subsequent VHS or DVD releases, The Gravy Train has still become somewhat of a cult film. David Gordon Green has cited it as one of his five favorite films of all time, as a major influence on his film Pineapple Express (2008), and as "the funniest movie ever made". Green also screened the film in a film series he curated at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
- Sayre, Nora (June 17, 1974). "MOVIE REVIEW Gravy Train (1974) Screen: 'Gravy Train,' American Style--Almost". The New York Times.