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Director:
Writers:
Hal Barwood (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
5 April 1974 (USA) See more »
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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 » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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After 1 car purchased by 1 truck, now 1 car purchased by 206 cars ! (cinematheque) See more (46 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 
 
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:
Although the events of the film occur over a couple of days, in reality the events were over with in just a few short hours.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of '1941' (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Been Working on the RailroadSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
After 1 car purchased by 1 truck, now 1 car purchased by 206 cars ! (cinematheque), 25 March 2012
Author: leplatypus from PariS

I began my Spielberg Festival at the Cinematheque by his first movie done the year I was born. It's my first viewing and it's amazing to see how his first feature takes root from his first project ("duel"), even thought the story is totally different. In fact, you'll see that all his movies can be tied by two, so check my pairing note at the end of my next reviews. It's maybe easy now to predict that Spielberg would become a master but on the other hand, all his future trademark are already there: He knows how to tell a story and i can tell the difference with today movies where the plot and edit are unintelligible (transformers, cars,). Next, Spielberg has en "eye": he knows how to put the camera to have a stunning visual, especially his close-ups. Then, he is excellent with his cast and knows how to built emotions. Even if hundred policemen chased the couple, the audience supports the side of the family and don't view them as criminals. At last, with nearly 40 years behind (thus nearly my age), the movie has a good historic and cultural value. In some ways, it announces the media folklore of the 80's and so on. At least, his screenplay won the Award at Cannes Festival and it's a sure proof that this newcomer would become a name!

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