Boxcar Bertha

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
Superior formula stuff, injected with a rare degree of life by enthusiastic direction that occasionally tries for virtuosity and succeeds, and by a neat performance from Hershey that avoids the yawning traps in the script (built-in sex sequences, the she-loved-her-man theme in general). She plays Bertha, the Arkansas farm girl who hits the road, with the right degree of matter-of-factness and a lot of humour. The film traces the alienation of Bertha, a trade unionist she meets, a black friend of his, and a small-time Yankee conman - slipping into crime, stealing from the railroad bosses, and sending part of the haul back to the railway union. Produced by Cormans Roger and Julie, from the memoirs of the real Bertha Thompson.

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: Joyce H Corrington, John William Corrington
Cast: Barbara Hershey
David Carradine
Barry Primus
Bernie Casey
John Carradine