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The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 5 April 1974 (USA)
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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Capt. Harlan Tanner
Michael Sacks ...
Officer Maxwell Slide
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Clovis Michael Poplin
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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
Dean Smith ...
Russ Berry
Ted Grossman ...
Dietz
Bill Thurman ...
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>

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

5 April 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carte Blanche  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the caravan is driving through the large crowd in Rodrigo, a bystander hands Lou Jean a piglet as a gift. Lou Jean proceeds to declare, "He's peeing on me!" several times. According to Steven Spielberg, this is because the piglet did start urinating on Goldie Hawn during the scene. See more »

Goofs

The "Texas" of this film is a figment of the filmmakers' imagination. The trip from just outside Houston to Sugar Land takes two days, and Sugar Land is a few miles from the Mexican border. In fact, Sugar Land is a municipality southwest of Houston, not much more than an hour from anywhere in the Houston metro area. And Houston is on the Texas Gulf Coast, two days' drive from the border. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Nocker: You got me out here with no where to sit.
Mr. Alvin T. Nocker: Why don't you sit on your fist and lean back on your thumb.
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Connections

Features Whoa, Be-Gone! (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Eyes of Texas
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Played by marching band when the car enters Rodrigues, Texas]
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"You look like a pea picker to me."
23 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, a woman (Goldie Hawn) helps her husband (William Atherton) escape from prison so they can kidnap their child from the foster family he's been placed with. Along the way the duo takes a state trooper hostage and are pursued by police while their story gains media attention. Steven Spielberg's first theatrical film (Duel was made for TV but released in theaters later). Also his first collaboration with John Williams. It's a fun dramedy with some great performances from Goldie Hawn, William Atherton, and the rest of the cast. Especially good are the colorful supporting characters, many of which have an authenticity about them that gives the film some nice flavor. An under-appreciated gem in Spielberg's oeuvre.


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