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The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 29 May 1974 (Sweden)
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Tanner
Michael Sacks ...
Slide
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Clovis
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Mashburn
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Officer Ernie Jessup
Louise Latham ...
Mrs. Looby
Harrison Zanuck ...
Baby Langston
A.L. Camp ...
Mr. Alvin T. Nocker
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Mrs. Nocker
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Russ Berry
Ted Grossman ...
Dietz
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Hunter
Kenneth Hudgins ...
Standby #1
Buster Daniels ...
Buster Daniels - Drunk (as Buster Danials)
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Storyline

Lou-Jean, a blonde woman, tells her husband, who is imprisoned, to escape. They plan to kidnap their own child, who was placed with foster parents. The escape is partly successful, they take a hostage, who is a policeman and are pursued through to Texas... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story of a girl who took on all of Texas...and almost won. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Carte Blanche  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To shoot the sequence in the used car lot economically, Steven Spielberg had a six-foot scale model of the lot built by the art department so he could plan out the shots in advance. See more »

Goofs

There is an Exxon station shown near the prison. The movie is based on events of May 1969. Standard Oil did not change Esso to the Exxon brand until 1973. See more »

Quotes

Maxwell Slide: Is your name Buster Daniels?
Drunk: Well, it was before I married.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Eyes of Texas
(uncredited)
Written by John Lang Sinclair
[Played by marching band when the car enters Rodrigues, Texas]
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Fun movie!
9 November 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Man, I forgot how much fun this movie actually was. In my mind it was a heavy drama but on my recent viewing (finally it's on DVD!) I rediscovered this movie and found out how fun it was. It kind of has the same fun feeling the other 'based on a true story' Spielberg movies: "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Terminal" have.

The movie is made with lot's of profession and very little money. The small budget does not stop Spielberg of making a good movie. This movie was also the first Vilmos Zsigmond/Steven Spielberg collaboration. They later worked together on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". But more importantly; it also was the first collaboration of John Williams and Steven Spielberg, one of the most successful collaborations in movie history, as later turned out.

the movie features a young Goldie Hawn and William Atherton who I really like as an actor. Atherton is probably best known for his role in "Die Hard 1 & 2", "Ghostbusters" and the more recent movie "The Last Samurai" in which he has a small part early in the movie.

It might be a bit too slow and probably boring for some people but I still recommend this movie. It has both action and substance. In a way also a must see because it was Spielberg his first real big hit and can be regarded as his breakthrough.

8/10

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