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Director:
Writers:
Hal Barwood (screenplay) &
Matthew Robbins (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 April 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A girl with a great following. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Ambling into Film History, Young Spielberg Starts Out See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Lou Jean

Ben Johnson ... Captain Tanner
Michael Sacks ... Slide

William Atherton ... Clovis

Gregory Walcott ... Mashburn

Steve Kanaly ... Jessup
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Looby
Harrison Zanuck ... Baby Langston
A.L. Camp ... Mr. Nocker
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Nocker
Dean Smith ... Russ Berry
Ted Grossman ... Dietz
Bill Thurman ... Hunter
Kenneth Hudgins ... Standby #1
Buster Daniels ... Drunk (as Buster Danials)
James N. Harrell ... Mark Fenno (as Jim Harrell)
Frank Steggall ... Logan Waters
Roger Ernest ... Hot Jock #1
Guich Koock ... Hot Jock #2
Merrill Connally ... Mr. Looby (as Merrill L. Connally)

Gene Rader ... Gas Jockey
Gordon Hurst ... Hubie Nocker
George Hagy ... Mr. Sparrow
Big John Hamilton ... Big John
Kenneth Crone ... Deputy
Peter Curry ... Judge (as Judge Peter Michael Curry)
Charles Conaway ... Attorney
Robert Golden ... Dybala's Kid
Rudy Robbins ... Mechanic
Charlie Dobbs ... Local Cop
Gene Lively ... Reporter
John L. Quinlan III ... Bailiff
William Scott ... Station Man (as Bill Scott)
Ralph E. Horwedel ... Dispatcher
Edwin 'Frog' Isbell ... Jelly Bowl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Robert Allen ... D.P.S. Officer (uncredited)
Marianna Clore Blase ... Waitress (uncredited)
David Bowen ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Richard Bright ... Marvin Bybala (uncredited)
B.M. Burch ... Deputy (uncredited)
Charly ... Wreckee (uncredited)
Harvey Christiansen ... Old Reporter (uncredited)
Michael J. Croshaw ... Reporter (uncredited)
Maria De Lange ... Matron (uncredited)
Al Evans ... Guard (uncredited)
James R. Gough ... Deputy (uncredited)
Charles Gunn ... D.P.S. Officer (uncredited)

Dean Jones ... Policeman at Football Game (uncredited)
Sam Kindrick ... Reporter (uncredited)
Myles R. Kuykendall ... D.P.S. Officer (uncredited)
Robert Lee Loper ... Car Ghoul (uncredited)
Rafael López ... Val Verde Deputy (uncredited)
Maury Maverick ... Shoplifter (uncredited)
Lorraine Meeks ... Woman from Hondo (uncredited)
Lucky Mosley ... Wrecker (uncredited)
Darrell Murphy ... Wrecker (uncredited)
Carol W. Nell ... D.P.S. Officer (uncredited)
Darrell Newman ... FFF Boy (uncredited)
Harold Offer ... Hardware Man (uncredited)
Karen Olenick ... Karen (uncredited)
Bill Pattie ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Don Peck ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Patrick Reagan ... Reserve Officer (uncredited)
Michael Santiago ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Adolfo E. Urrutia ... Small Role (uncredited)
Robert C. Willey ... D.P.S. Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Hal Barwood (screenplay) &
Matthew Robbins (screenplay)

Steven Spielberg (story) and
Hal Barwood (story) &
Matthew Robbins (story)

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward M. Abroms (film editor)
Verna Fields (film editor)
 
Casting by
Mike Fenton (uncredited)
Shari Rhodes (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Joe Alves  (as Joseph Alves Jr.)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William S. Gilmore .... unit production manager (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Fargo .... first assistant director
Tom Joyner .... second assistant director (as Thomas Joyner)
 
Art Department
Bill Dietz .... property master (uncredited)
Mike Fenton .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound (as Robert Hoyt)
William Griffith .... radio man (uncredited)
John McDonald .... mike man (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank Brendel .... special effects
 
Stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Duncan .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Rudy Robbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James O. Blair .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bobby Burton .... best boy (uncredited)
Jim Coe .... unit stillman (uncredited)
John J. Connor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick McLean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Moore .... key grip (uncredited)
Aaron Pazanti .... best boy (uncredited)
Al Perry .... generator operator (uncredited)
Steve Rez .... second grip (uncredited)
Jack L. Richards .... camera operator (uncredited)
George Triandos .... crane grip (uncredited)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Liz Owen .... casting secretary (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Ellsworth .... wardrobe (uncredited)
James Gilmore .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Gourson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Toots Thielemans .... harmonica: solos (as 'Toots' Thielemans)
John Williams .... conductor: "The Eyes of Texas" (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Alby Thomas .... transportation manager
John Lackey .... mechanic (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William S. Gilmore .... production executive (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
Lucy Ballentine .... secretary to producers (uncredited)
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roy D. Smith .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Nona Tyson .... secretary to director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
110 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
California's Panavision Corporation chose this movie for the launch of its then new Panaflex, a compact camera that enabled Steven Spielberg to shoot complex shots inside a patrol car.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dizengoff 99 (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Been Working on the RailroadSee more »

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16 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Ambling into Film History, Young Spielberg Starts Out, 1 March 2006
Author: Bogmeister from United States

The first theatrical feature by Spielberg, his last as just another director before "Jaws," this story is saddled by what I call an 'idiot's resolve' plot. This means the main characters behave like complete idiots and, in real life, wouldn't get two steps in the direction they're going, much less the miles of roadway managed in this pic. But - and this is an important point - the story is supposedly based on a real life incident, which means such theorizing may not apply here. It all depends on how much Spielberg and the writers exaggerated events, which I tend to think was quite a bit. The story is jump-started in that a 2-year old baby is placed in foster care; the real parents (Hawn & Atherton), small-time criminals, won't have it and break the father's incarceration to set out for the foster home. But, from the outset, these two are presented as such obvious losers, I was hoping they'd never reach the kid. The father, for example, has only 4 months remaining of post-prison time to do; in short order, the idiot couple's transgressions escalate from auto theft to kidnapping of a cop (Sacks). In essence, they quickly sabotaged any chance for themselves of getting the kid back in a happy fashion.

I also got the impression Spielberg was poking a lot of fun at Texas and Texacans in general, where this takes place. Besides the two idiotic so-called parents, most everyone else is also presented as a buffoon, a country hick with no clue. The more sinister examples are those who live for the opportunity to shoot someone - this is gun country, after all. The only one who escapes with his dignity intact is the police captain, well played by Ben Johnson. There are traces of the imagery and poignancy which many of Spielberg's later pictures would be laced with. There's the absurdity of that long, very long line of police vehicles, lights flashing, following that one car with the fugitives (I guess no other crimes needed attention in the county that day?). And the sudden look on Atherton's face when he watches a Road Runner cartoon is amazing. But these are a few instances far and between in an ambling picture. Hawn is immensely likable, of course, but in the end she comes off as an idiotic screaming shrew who directly causes bad stuff to happen. Maybe it's just me, but I don't really like women such as this. But then, if this is true-to-life, Spielberg captured some sense of an unpleasant reality we have no control over. It just didn't retain such a consistency through the entire movie.

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