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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:
Spielberg's first film is wonderful, a classic. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Lou Jean Sparrow Poplin

Ben Johnson ... Captain Harlan Tanner
Michael Sacks ... Officer Maxwell Slide

William Atherton ... Clovis Michael Poplin

Gregory Walcott ... Mashburn

Steve Kanaly ... Officer Ernie Jessup
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Looby
Harrison Zanuck ... Baby Langston
A.L. Camp ... Mr. Alvin T. Nocker
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Nocker
Dean Smith ... Russ Berry
Ted Grossman ... Dietz
Bill Thurman ... Hunter
Kenneth Hudgins ... Standby #1
Buster Daniels ... 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. Vern 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 Peter Michael Curry (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 Dybala (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)
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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First movie to feature a tracking shot (front seat to back) and a 360-degree pan with dialogue from within a car.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In 1969, dashed center lines down the road would have been white not yellow. MUTCD introduced all yellow striping in late 1971 and between then and 1975, the roads would be repainted. Texas had white lines up until around the middle of 1973, but the film was made after the conversion to MUTCD '71 hence yellow striping on the roads in the area.See more »
Quotes:
Maxwell Slide:Is your name Buster Daniels?
Drunk:Well, it was before I married.
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Movie Connections:
Features Sssssss (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Eyes of TexasSee more »

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31 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Spielberg's first film is wonderful, a classic., 10 November 2001
Author: Victor Bloom MD (vbloom@comcast.net) from United States

Haven't heard about "Sugarland Express" till recently and I had to see it because it was vintage Spielberg, and I'm a fan. And I wanted to see the young Goldie Hawn. I was not disappointed. It was one of these road-chase movies, bigger than life, but it was unique, especially because it was based on a true story. That fact made me incredulous throughout the film, but everything in Texas is supposed to be bigger than life.

Goldie desperately wants to get her baby back. She was in jail for some minor crimes and was found to be an unfit mother and her baby was put in a foster home and the foster parents were going to adopt him. Despite being a young girl, or maybe because of it, she was desperate to have her baby back. It was a love-child and the mother-love was passionate and obsessive. Hawn played the part to the hilt and used her sexuality and femininity to overcome the objections of her husband who was in a pre-release facility with low security.

She had a plan to help him escape, but he didn't want to risk it, take a chance of being caught and being incarcerated again. He only had four more months to serve. The other inmates were incredulous as they disguised themselves and got an old couple to give them a ride.

From this quiet beginning the film proceeded to repeated crescendos of drama and excitement. Try to imagine the young couple, young officer in tow, leading a chase of police cars, first a few, then a few dozen, then many dozen and ultimately hundreds, law-enforcement officers from all over the state and then snipers and a helicopter.

Lucky for the young couple an old-hand cop realized they were just a couple of kids and he staved off snipers with telescopic long-range rifles and a couple of vigilante gun-nuts.

You know something bad is going to happen at the end, because these kids didn't know what they were doing; they were madly in love and in a fantasy-land of getting their little boy back and living happily ever after in Mexico. Something bad happened, but something good happened. It will be worth your while to see this little classic from one of the greatest directors of the 20th century.

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