At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »
Max Baer Jr.
In Southern Spain with a U.S. team, skydiver Fathom Harvill is approached by a Scottish colonel working for a top-secret Western agency. He's after a vital lost atomic device, and wants her... See full summary »
Leslie H. Martinson
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>
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 »
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 »
[At the golf course]
Put him down idiot!
It's okay. I'm a doctor.
Christ! Today's Wednesday, you must all be doctors!
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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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