Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30's meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and they team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment.

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  1. Joyce Hooper Corrington


  2. John William Corrington


  3. Martin Scorsese


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  1. Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Boxcar Bertha

  2. David Carradine

    David Carradine

    Big Bill Shelly

  3. Barry Primus

    Barry Primus

    Rake Brown

  4. Bernie Casey

    Bernie Casey

    Von Morton

  5. John Carradine

    John Carradine

    H. Buckram Sartoris

  6. Victor Argo

    Victor Argo

    McIver #1

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

Budget $600,000.00

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • June 14, 1972
    R, Theatrical



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