Boxcar Bertha/Fun Facts

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< Boxcar Bertha
  • According to both David Carradine and Barbara Hershey, their sex scene was not faked.
  • The train sequences were shot first and they took about a week. This was done to get the most complicated element of the production, working with a moving train, out of the way first.
  • Director Cameo: [Martin Scorsese] as a john who is just finishing dressing himself when he asks Bertha if he can spend the night.
  • This was Martin Scorsese's first feature film. He was given $600,000 and told to make an exploitation film.
  • Martin Scorsese personally drew about 500 storyboards for this film
  • After he finished this film, Martin Scorsese screened the film for John Cassavetes. Cassavetes, after seeing this film, hugged Scorsese and said, "Martin, you just spent a year of your life making shit!" He urged him to make a personal film, and the result was Mean Streets (1973).
  • Schedule for the movie was 24 days (according to director Martin Scorsese's commentary for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)).
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