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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

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Michael Sacks ...
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Mashburn
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Officer Ernie Jessup
Louise Latham ...
Mrs. Looby
Harrison Zanuck ...
Baby Langston
A.L. Camp ...
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
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Russ Berry
Ted Grossman ...
Dietz
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Hunter
Kenneth Hudgins ...
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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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 USA:

$7,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,800,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the first chicken eating scene, the chicken bucket is with LouJean. In the next scene inside the car, Slide asks for something and LouJean pulls something (WetNap?) from the bucket and gives it to him. The next scene has the bucket between Slide and Clovis. Time between shots doesn't allow for this because the background song, When my Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again, is playing uninterrupted. See more »

Quotes

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

When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold
Written by Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan
Sung by William Atherton, Goldie Hawn and Michael Sacks
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Boy, did this get great press in 1974
9 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Critics at the time were impressed by this new director, Steven Spielberg, who had previously directed Dennis Weaver in that spooky TV movie "Duel", but they were really impressed with Goldie Hawn, still mainly known as the blonde nitwit from "Laugh-In". She had been quite respectable in "Butterflies Are Free" in 1972, but she turned in a beautifully nuanced performance in this one.

I would certainly argue with any notion that this film is "underrated". It's always been well regarded, even back in the days when Spielberg was known as the clever kid who made "Jaws". That doesn't mean it has ever been easy to see.

Now, with the passage of time, "Sugarland Express" looks even better than it did in the 1970's. One still has no trouble at all getting caught up in the quixotic mission of these characters.


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