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


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


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


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

29 May 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Carte Blanche  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Spielberg: [cartoons] Lou Jean and Clovis watch a Road Runner cartoon at the drive-in. See more »


While Lou Jean is shopping through the mail-order catalog in the car, the gold stamps behind her in the back seat disappear, then reappear between shots. See more »


Clovis Poplin: We're in real trouble.
Clovis Poplin: Say, I didn't mean what I said.
Maxwell Slide: What was that?
Clovis Poplin: When I called you a son of a bitch, I didn't mean it
Maxwell Slide: And you ain't no mental subject neither.
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Referenced in Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »


The Eyes of Texas
[Played by marching band when the car enters Rodrigues, Texas]
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Early Goldie, early Spielberg, both first-rate...
22 April 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Petty crook is busted out of pre-release jail by his determined-yet-reckless wife; seems their infant son has been farmed out to a wealthy foster couple while the two were behind bars and the Mrs. wants her baby back now. Director Steven Spielberg's first theatrical film has a scene midway through that still takes my breath away: Goldie Hawn and William Atherton take refuge in a mobile home parked in a lot behind a drive-in movie theater, a cartoon is up on the screen and Atherton supplies the sound effects--but, as the cartoon descends into violence, he stares out the window while his wife giggles on, oblivious to the parallels between the film and the paths their lives have taken. It's a miraculous moment in a high-spirited comedy-drama about trying to get what you want--even at the expense of the law. I'm surprised most Spielberg fans turn their noses up at this movie, it's one of his best. The finale doesn't really work (the picture switches gears too many times and eventually leaves us eating dust), but Goldie Hawn's performance is brave and funny and wonderful. In fact all the acting is excellent, right down to the last two-line player. *** from ****

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