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Director:
Writers:
Hal Barwood (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:
Spielberg's Forgotten First Film 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)
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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 (music by)
 
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)
 
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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:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Features Beep, Beep (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Been Working on the RailroadSee more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Spielberg's Forgotten First Film, 6 June 2008
Author: joshbaileynch from United Kingdom

After the success of Duel (which was really a TV movie) Sugarland Express (Spielberg's first feature film) flopped at the box office, though it received a reasonably warm critical response. In fact this is a great little movie for all kinds of reasons.

If you're interested in Spielberg as a director this is fascinating as it begins to lay out most of the themes that have driven his work ever since - family (especially divided and dysfunctional families), childhood, parenthood, outsiders, America and Americana etc. It's also a really interesting piece in terms of his developing style. This is the first Hollywood film in which panaflex cameras were used allowing Spielberg to produce fantastically elaborate and fluid shots even in the confines of a car (see the superb 360 pan fixed on Ben Johnson's car when he first talks to the Poplins)- a kind of cinematography that has become a hall mark of Spielberg's, as have the rising crane shots and extended tracking shots that pepper the film. Spielberg skies and "God Light" (his term for shafts of light in mist/at night) also feature heavily.

It's also a really interesting if somewhat unrecognised influence on films like Thelma and Louise which seems to lift its basic structure and characters right out of this film. The way Ben Johnson's Captain Tanner equates to Harvey Keitel's police officer in Ridley Scott's film seems particularly close.

Fantastic performances all round too. Johnson, Horne and Atherton (a much under-used actor who has been largely wasted since, playing roles like the self serving journalist in the Die Hard films)particularly shine.

It's also very funny, sad and engaging from beginning to end. Can't recommend this one enough - especially if you're a Spielberg fan.

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