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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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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
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Moran
Bill Henderson ...
Charles Taylor
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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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The tight budget imposed by Fox meant the lead actors had to accept deferred payments for making this movie. Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel who played "Speed" agreed to the deferred money. The producers had wanted Valerie Perrine to play "Jugs" but she wouldn't defer any money. Raquel Welch wanted the part badly and would work for deferred money so, Welch was cast instead. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Mother: [At the golf course] Put him down idiot!
Dermatologist: It's okay. I'm a doctor.
Mother: Christ! Today's Wednesday, you must all be doctors!
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Referenced in Relative Strangers (2006) See more »

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California Girls
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Performed by The Beach Boys
Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson
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Pitch black humour with a social Conscience
26 August 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Director Peter Yates (BULLITT, KRULL, FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE etc) helmed this criminally ignored film in 1976. Much like Scorsese's WAKING THE DEAD this one is set around the world of Ambulance driving and It's a Black satire riddled with drama and social commentary.

Bill Cosby plays MOTHER, the veteran driver who has seen it all and is always looking out for his fellow workers. Raquel Welch plays JUGS(For obvious reasons), the secretary for the ambulance company who aspires to be a more. Harvey Keitel plays SPEED, an ex cop on suspension for supposed drug dealing, hence the name.

All the cast deliver fine performances and create memorable charecters. (Larry Hagman as the ultimate prick is perfect)

The script is absolutely inspired melding pitch black laughs with genuine heartfelt emotion to deliver a scathing examination of the job and the world in which they operate. Constantly catching the viewer of guard with it mix of intelligent comedy and impactual violence, this film really is a keeper.

So come on guys be daring and track down a copy of this cult favourite that deserves far more attention and recognition.


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