Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie, Crime Thriller, Docudrama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Martin Scorsese, Boxcar Bertha is a Bonnie and Clyde-like yarn set during the Depression. The title character, played by Barbara Hershey, links up with union organizer David Carradine (Hershey's real-life lover at the time) after the death of her father. Running afoul of anti-union forces, Bertha and Carradine are forced into a life of crime. Whereas Bonnie and Clyde robbed banks, Boxcar Bertha's specialty is trains. A story of this nature can only end in tragedy, and wait until you see Carradine's symbolic demise! For the record, there really was a Boxcar Bertha Thompson, and it is her autobiography, Sister of the Road, that serves as the basis for Joyce and John Corrington's screenplay.

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anti-establishment, crime-spree, Great-Depression, train-robbery, union [labor union]