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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 May 1974 (USA)
Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

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Deke
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Donahue
Eugene Daniels ...
Hank
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Evelyn
Janear Hines ...
Millie
Elizabeth James ...
Dispatcher
Adrianne Herman ...
Cindy
T.J. Castronovo ...
Steve (as Tom Castranova)
James W. Gavin ...
Helicopter Pilot (as James Gavin)
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Surl
Ben Niems ...
Police Chief Markey
George Westcott ...
Bridge Operator
Tom O'Neill ...
Farmer
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Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle possible. As such, they decide to rob a supermarket's office of the money in its safe to pursue their dream. On the most part, their robbery is successful, although their plan breaks down in its end phase, which doesn't allow them as much getaway time as they wanted. Another problem they face is an unexpected third person in their getaway, Larry's one night stand Mary Coombs, who doesn't like the fact that Larry ran off on her, although she eventually also says that she doesn't want any of the money. With a police scanner and two-way radio in their souped up Dodge Charger, they try to outrun the police, who have an identification of their vehicle, and a general description of the three. The police pursuit is led by the tenacious Sheriff Everett Franklin, who knows he and his team can catch them, ... Written by Huggo

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17 May 1974 (USA)  »

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La fuga del loco y la sucia  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Filming started in the fall of 1973 during the time the USA highway markings changed from white to yellow. Whilst most of the roads in California had changed by then, there are several examples of shots where the old system shows in some frames and the new system in others. One chase in particular goes down a road with no markings, yet the new yellow markings are seen out the back of the car window. See more »

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The first getaway car is repeatedly referred to as a 1967 or 1968 Chevy by the police. It is actually a 1966 Impala and the differences between the model years are obvious. See more »

Quotes

Larry Rayder: Hey, Deke, it turns out Dingleberry here's a joke after all.
Mary Coombs: [quoting book] "The murderer, is not unaccountable for his own murder. And the robbed should not be blameless for being robbed. For it is the cornerstone of the temple, that is no higher than the lowest stone in its foundation."
Larry Rayder: Now, don't start speaking in puns to me woman.
Mary Coombs: That is from a book, bozo! And, if you'd read once in a while, perhaps you'd know what I'm talking about!
Larry Rayder: Oh, books, Europe, Lear Jets, Sam Baker, shoplifting... ...
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Referenced in Need for Speed (2014) See more »

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Time (Is Such a Funny Thing)
Written by Danny Janssen and Bobby Hart
Sung by Marjorie McCoy
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It's worth the pain. Really.
19 November 2004 | by (Norfolk, England) – See all my reviews

I too watched DMCL again last month after a period of many years, and I have to say that I love it, even though it's truly crap. The dialogue's hackneyed, the plot's over-simplistic and filled with randomly-inserted chunks of juvenile self-indulgence and Susan George's performance tends to make me claw at my ears like a mangy dog but if, like me, you hate what the computer age has done to the car chase, you can't help but enjoy it.

The fact is, you've got a bright yellow '69 Charger at full pelt, outrunning a bunch of genuine Mopar pursuit cars and being rammed by a helicopter - filmed on a road, with a camera. What more do you want? In terms of real action, with no digital effects, speeded-up film or dodgy miniatures, it's up there with The Gumball Rally. And yes, the scene with Vic Morrow standing at that crossroads as the helicopter swoops down to meet him does have a certain resonance.

This film is pretty poor, make no mistake, but as an example of how cars were crashed in the good old days I reckon it should be in a museum...


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