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Moving Violation (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | July 1976 (USA)
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A young drifter (Stephen McHattie) and his newly acquired girlfriend (Kay Lenz) witness a corrupt local Sheriff kill his deputy, soon becoming the prime suspects they set off across country to evade capture.



(screenplay) (as David R. Osterhout), (screenplay) (as William Norton) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Murdock ...
John S. Ragin ...
Agent Shank
Michael Ross Verona ...
Lawyer (as Francis de Sales)
Richard O'Brien ...
Police Chief
Deputy Frank
George Ball ...
George the Cop


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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If you steal it, roll it and wreck it - you're a Moving Violation. See more »


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Release Date:

July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape de pesadilla  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One stuntman broke his leg after slamming his motorcycle into the back of a car. See more »


Several stunt people are visible during the car chase scenes, including two stunt drivers who are clearly wearing crash helmets and when Mack, played by Dick Miller, crashes into the water and angrily pounds the top of his car, it's not Miller, but his stunt double. See more »


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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Drive-in co-feature only for indiscriminate action fans...
5 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Pretty-boy hitchhiker and a small town waitress witness a shooting between the redneck sheriff and his deputy; they take it on the lam, with the crooked law in hot pursuit. Everything in "Moving Violation" seems misplaced: the actors, the milieu, the music. Despite a screenplay by David Osterhout and the estimable William Norton--plus a potentially strong cast of actors including sexy Kay Lenz and Eddie Albert as a lawyer--this shoestring production from Roger and Julie Corman gets off on the wrong foot and never finds its balance. Leading man Stephen McHattie blithely zips through the whole abysmal shebang on cruise-control, emitting no discernible sparks. * from ****

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