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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Fishbine
Milt Kamen ...
Barra Grant ...
Miss Crocker
Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott ...
Severn Darden ...
Bill Henderson ...
Charles Taylor


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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A black and blue comedy See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambulances tous risques  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers wanted Gene Hackman, who was shooting "Lucky Lady" down in Mexico at the time, for the lead role of "Mother" Tucker. Tom Mankiewicz flew down to Mexico and met with Hackman who had already read the script. Hackman explained that he was overworked and turned down the role. Hackman recommended a wonderful comic he had seen on TV for the role, Bill Cosby. Producers Mankiewicz and Yates met with Cosby after he'd read the script, and offered him the part. See more »


When "Mother" injects the "hangover cure" into the massage parlor girl, you can see him flip the syringe around as he hits her behind. See more »


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Mother, Jugs & Speed - Right Here Right Now !
16 June 2010 | by (Union Territory of Pondicherry, India) – See all my reviews

Indian cinema finally comes of age! Actors living their parts, and not merely acting , the film maker who is not just telling a story but just portraying a honest , brutal reflection of our times. Instantly recognizable characterizations and everyday situations which one can relate to. Mind blowing performances and a directorial masterstroke! Chartering unexplored horizons, the movie has upped the standard for Bollywood forever.

A movie where the maker and the actors don't take themselves too seriously and one in which they are having a blast and hoping that the audience would join them in doing so! Yeah, the plot is nothing earth shattering in itself. But the casting, performances, the dialogues (cant remember the last movie which had such witty one-liners), and the zany soundtrack with the remixes elevate the proceedings to a great extent.

The obvious scene stealer in the movie is Bill Cosby. Often accused of being stereotypical with his penchant for mouthing heavy duty dialogues , The Cos does a complete u – turn , with his over the top, narcissist portrayal of the " Mother " factory don who no one ever dreams of messing up with .He gets the best lines in the movies ( his intro scene , when he denounces Jugs and Speed , his hard top , why his image has taken a beating etc). You just need to watch "The Fat Albert " to put to rest any debate on this mans versatility .

Harv Keitel is the kind who makes even the most mundane role look interesting and delivers his part to the T. The surprise packet of the movie is Larry Hagman. Clowning comes almost naturally to him given his looks, but he handles it without going overboard or being loud. The good old adage of loud is funny is thrown out of the window and the escapades of his character are truly funny.

And yes Jugs Baby delivers. It almost seems that entire nation has been waiting for Raquel Welch to work! In the last few movies (Forget About It, Bunty, Tortilla Soup ) Welches' evolution as an actess can be seen and in a mad cap movie like this she even brings a touch of vulnerability to her character. She emotes , cries , gets drunk , does the " Dus Bahane " dance step to perfection , sports a mahee, a swagger and wears an unbuttoned shirt to claim the title of the official " Cool Dudette " ! Priyanka doesn't have nothing much to do and thankfully for that. Peter Yates captures LA in all its splendor, the by lanes and the skyline lending itself to the screenplay. Further the technical finesse which is becoming more the norm in Bollywood movies today is pretty much evident.

The movie does have its share of flaws -the romantic interludes drag on, caricaturist, simplistic ambulance companies and the utter detachment you may experience. Tongue in cheek, cocky and ultra cool, this spoofy caper deserves a watch! You know you are being taken for a ride, just sit back and enjoy it!

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