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Moving Violation (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | July 1976 (USA)
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Eddie Moore is a young drifter passing through the small town of Rockfield when suddenly he gets harassed by corrupt sheriff Leroy Rankin and his Deputy, Tylor. Later he meets up with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eddie Moore
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Cam Johnson
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Alex Warren
Lonny Chapman ...
Sheriff Rankin
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Rockfield
Jack Murdock ...
Bubba
John S. Ragin ...
Agent Shank
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Tylor
Michael Ross Verona ...
Harvey
Francis De Sales ...
Lawyer (as Francis de Sales)
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Mack
Richard O'Brien ...
Police Chief
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Deputy Frank
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Psychiatrist
George Ball ...
George the Cop
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Eddie Moore is a young drifter passing through the small town of Rockfield when suddenly he gets harassed by corrupt sheriff Leroy Rankin and his Deputy, Tylor. Later he meets up with waitress Camille "Cam" Johnson and both skinny dip in a swimming pool owned by H.L. Rockfield, the richest man in the area. Later Tylor shows up at his mansion and starts criticizing his business practices, something that he doesn't know is Sheriff Rankin is also there and hears every word he said, he then shoots Tylor and staggers away and manages to seek refuge in the back of Cam's van. Felling his reputation as Sheriff will be tarnished if anyone finds out about it. He blames Eddie and Cam for the killing and puts out an APB. Endess car chases and shootouts ensue as they try to stay alive. Written by Jmac1988

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It's A Fender Bending, Body Smashing Demolition Chase That Will Rip Off Your Roof! See more »


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Escape de pesadilla  »

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Trivia

The scene where Eddie goes to the National Guard armory where he procures an M16 assault rifle and a scope - his character is presumably a Vietnam veteran where he shoots up the police vehicles and the sheriff; this particular scene where the police headquarters is under attack was recycled into the script of First Blood. See more »

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At the beginning of the final car chase, Dick Miller's character accidentally hits himself with the door when he gets into his red AMC Matador. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Rankin: [Rankin notices Alex Warren's Lincoln Continental driving away] Hey! Don't I know the driver of that Lincoln?
Police Official: Why, certainly. That's Alex Warren.
Sheriff Rankin: [to Bubba] File a report on that draft-dodging, commie son of a bitch.
Police Official: [chuckles] Why, his great-grandfather was Robert E. Lee's adversary.
Sheriff Rankin: Yeah, well, I'd still like to kick his ass clean from here to Virginia.
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Detroit Man
Written & Performed by Phil Everly
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The presence of Kay Lenz makes it worthwhile.
11 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Eddie Moore (Stephen McHattie) is an amiable drifter passing through the town of Rockfield. Predictably, he gets harassed by the snake-mean local sheriff, a man named Rankin (Lonny Chapman). His day is brightened, however, when he meets lovely young Dairy Queen employee Cam Johnson (Ms. Lenz). They hit it off and go sneaking onto the estate of the local bigwig (Will Geer) after whom the town is named. From their vantage point they are able to see the sheriff - who, naturally, is also flat out corrupt - shoot and badly wound a greedy deputy (Dennis Redfield) who wanted in on the action. So Eddie and Cam have to spend the balance of the movie on the lam, dodging bullets fired by the sheriff and his cronies, while trying to find a sympathetic pair of ears.

As one can see, this is very much formula-driven drive-in car chase and car crash fare. The characters are for the most part clichés, especially the one-dimensional villainous sheriff. Fortunately, the good thing that can often be said for exploitation entertainment of this variety is its unpretentious nature. It *does*, ultimately, show its viewers a reasonably good time, with plenty of pedal to the metal action and enough explosions to keep a persons' attention from wandering too much. McHattie and especially Lenz are watchable as the hero and heroine, and Chapman is just right as their persistent, nasty nemesis. Geer is too briefly seen, and under-utilized, but does a fine job nonetheless. The supporting cast includes such familiar faces as Jack Murdock, the ubiquitous and always welcome Dick Miller, and Paul Linke, but the movie really belongs to the excellent Eddie Albert, playing attorney Alex Warren, who decides to take the kids' case.

Executive produced by Roger Corman, and produced by his wife Julie, this features a flavourful bluegrass score by Don Peake and a catchy ditty titled "Detroit Man" sung by Phil Everly. It's pretty much average for its genre, but still proves to be engaging enough to watch.

Six out of 10.


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