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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 May 1976 (USA)
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Competition between privately owned LA ambulance companies is played for humour.

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Harry Fishbine
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Murdoch
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Davey
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Leroy
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Rodeo
Milt Kamen ...
Barney
Barra Grant ...
Miss Crocker
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Bliss
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Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott ...
Harvey
Severn Darden ...
Moran
Bill Henderson ...
Charles Taylor
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Storyline

Los Angeles: A new law says that the first ambulance that arrives at an accident obtains the contract to transport the injured person. The result is ruthless competition between several companies. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The F & B Ambulance Co. is looking for a few good men... but they will take any body they can get. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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26 May 1976 (USA)  »

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Ambulances tous risques  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Alan Ladd Jr., production head at 20th Century Fox, told Producer/Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz that Fox grossed $17 million on MJ&S, then made an additional $3 million when broadcast rights were sold to ABC. See more »

Goofs

As Murdoch and the other orderly are trying to bring the big woman down the stairs in the stretcher, you can see the pull wire attached underneath it. See more »

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Jugs: I held a bloody baby in my arms and watched the mother...
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Mother: And what you witnessed was a massive hemorrhage that NO doctor in the world coulda stopped with the equipment we carry in that rig. Ya did your best, ya saved the kid. But that doesn't count?... Ya know, if every driver that lost two patients in one day quit, we wouldn't have any drivers. You go stompin' around demanding rights and responsibility... well, you got it. And this is as good as it gets.
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Referenced in In Living Color: Spike's Joint (1990) See more »

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Tijuana Taxi
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Performed by Herb Alpert
Written by Bud Coleman
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Cosby keeps the laughs coming
1 February 1999 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

The ads for this 1976 comedy described the film as "'MASH' on wheels" and that is the perfect description. It follows the exploits of paramedics in Los Angeles and the trouble they get into with the police, rival ambulance services, and each other. The film is very funny at times and deadly serious as traces of black comedy seep thru.

Bill Cosby heads the cast as Mother and gives, I believe, his best performance on the big screen. He's hip and funny. By no means is this film a classic but it is worth watching, especially if you're in a goofy mood. And Raquel Welch ain't bad to look at either.


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