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395 Ratings

Boxcar Bertha

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1972
Drama, Crime, Romance


Small-town Arkansas farm girl Bertha rides the railroad boxcars and hooks upwith trade union activist Big Bill Shelly after the accidental death of her fatherwhile piloting his crop duster.

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Boxcar Bertha Directed by Martin Scorsese

Critics reviews

A frolicsome footnote to the post-Bonnie and Clyde cycle of quasi countercultural, Depression-era crime stories. Barbara Hershey gives an avid performance in the title role, often in a state of semi-dishabille.
February 28, 2017
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Although clearly a Roger Corman production—Bertha features the requisite action and nudity, which the exploitation master reportedly advised the young filmmaker to include every fifteen minutes or so—signs of Scorsese are everywhere… [such as] the virtuosic violence in the last shootout scene, with its striking use of dolly shots and jump cuts.
September 17, 2014
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