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Based on the events of May, 1969, when fugitives Robert and Ila Fae Dent kidnapped Department of Public Safety trooper Kenneth Crone, commandeered his car, and led police law enforcement officials on a chase from outside Port Arthur, through Houston, up to Navasota, and on to Wheelock, where Ila Fae Dent's mother lived. At one point, a motorcade of more than 150 police cars and reporters joined the pursuit. FBI agent Bob Wiatt (who retired in 2004) confronted them at the mother's home and was forced to shoot Robert Dent, who was armed, in the neck, killing him. Wiatt wrestled Ila Fae to the ground and handcuffed her.
First movie to feature a tracking shot (front seat to back) and a 360-degree pan with dialogue from within a car.
The first theatrical feature film directed by Steven Spielberg.
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.
The hijacked Texas Department of Public Safety patrol car featured in the film is a 1973 Dodge Polara, which Steven Spielberg bought after filming himself, bullet holes and all.
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Unable to find a child who looked like he might be offspring of Goldie Hawn and William Atherton to portray Baby Langston, co-producer Richard D. Zanuck cast his own son 'Harrison Zanuck', whose mother is Linda Harrison of Planet of the Apes (1968) fame.
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The prison pre-release center used at the beginning of the movie is a real center located near Sugar Land, Texas.
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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.
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The live-action footage playing on the drive-in screen (prior to the Road Runner cartoon) is from the snake thriller Sssssss (1973), also produced by Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown.
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One of the few Spielberg films that ends on a downbeat note.
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The only place you can see actor Big John Hamilton in the movie is on the sign at the used car lot , he never appears in person.
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When the caravan is driving through the large crowd in Rodrigo, a bystander hands Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) a piglet as a gift. Lou Jean proceeds to declare, "He's peeing on me!" several times. According to Steven Spielberg, this is because the piglet did start urinating on Goldie Hawn during the scene.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7 seconds
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Steven Spielberg:  [music]  This filmed marked the beginning of Spielberg's friendship with John Williams. As of 2012, Williams has scored every Spielberg-directed theatrical film except The Color Purple (1985) and the anthology film Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
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Steven Spielberg:  [cartoons]  Lou Jean and Clovis watch a Roadrunner cartoon at the drive-in.
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Steven Spielberg:  [father]  Clovis.
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Steven Spielberg:  [images seen in a side mirror]  The patrol cars following Lou Jean and Clovis.
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