Boxcar Bertha
Boxcar Bertha (1972)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 14, 1972
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Roger Corman production, shot on an austere budget in Arkansas area, is routinely directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

'Promising juvenilia' is about the most one can say for it.

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Emanuel Levy

Scorsese's second film is one of his weakest, a violent impersonal work that feels like an extension of such rural crime-gangsters features as the exploitation flick Bloody Mama or the arty and better one Bonnie and Clyde.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

While there is a striking similarity [to Bonnie and Clyde] in general content, background, fine color photography and even the use of hillbilly music, the new, more modest film stands curiously on its own.

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Sean Axmaker

[Martin] Scorsese was anxious to show his chops on a real Hollywood feature and does so admirably (if impersonally) with rough-and-ready style on a mix of true story and exploitation drama.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Part exploitation movie, part visionary cinema, Boxcar Bertha is caught somewhere in between both.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Scorsese remains one of the bright young hopes of American movies.

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TV Guide

Lots of violence, typical of the Corman exploitation mill, but the film still shows the budding talent of Scorsese in his use of moving-camera and period detail.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Scorsese hadn't developed a personal vision yet, but a few moments during the heat of battle reveal a lively, playful camera. Not to mention the on-target performances by Hershey and her co-stars David Carradine, Barry Primus and Bernie Casey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Before Boxcar Bertha, Martin Scorsese had directed one feature film and a few shorts. Roger Corman offered him the chance to direct this film, one of the first… More
danny d
one of scorses's first films, this underrated "B" movie is the epitomy of exploitive nonsense, but at the same time carries that out in such a… More
Chris Weber
Scorsese's feature debut is more than just a Bonnie and Clyde rip-off exploitation pic made for Roger Corman. Yeah, there's definitely some… More
Sarah Gaish
Certainly not Scorsese's best film to date but I did enjoy it towards the end. The film is incredibly similar to Bonnie Clyde, but it isn't as… More
Melvin White
"Life made her an outcast. Love made her an outlaw." I'm glad I wasn't alive when Scorsese made his first two movies. Both his first,… More
Byron Brubaker
Roger Corman produced this low budget exploitation picture. This was Scorsese's second feature length fictional film. Bertha (Hershey) and Bill (D.… More