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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

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

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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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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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$20,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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The new head of production at 20th Century Fox, Alan Ladd, Jr., after reading a copy of this movie's script, said, "This is about the most offensive script I've ever read in my life. There is no group you don't insult in this move. Can you make this for three million bucks?" 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 »

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Mother: [repeated line when about to drive off] Showbusiness!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Missy Elliott (2003) See more »

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California Girls
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Cosby's Funniest movie

1976 was a year for fun movies. "Mother, Jugs, and Speed" has got it all: comedy, action, drama, and adventure. This movie deals with the life of being a paramedic. Bill Cosby plays Mother, a veteran ambulance driver with a history of uncouthness: Drinking on the job; carrying a firearm; and being slothful at the final moment. However, he gets the job done. Raquel Welch plays Jennifer aka "Jugs". I don't want to go there with that! Sorry! Harvey Kitel plays Tony aka "Speed" Mother's new partner after his junkie partner was killed by another addict(Toni Basil, way before she hit it big with her 1980's hit "Mickey"). This movie deals with a lot of issues in the business: racial, sexual, economical, etc. Most of it was pretty tame. Despite the "N" word, and the finger expression which "Jugs" gave to her superior. I liked the way the ambulance was made for the movie. This movie wasn't made for kids, if Richard Pryor was the star, this would be an R-rated movie. This is made for mature audiences. It's great though!

3.5 out of 5 stars!


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