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Sergeant Sam Marcum
Sian Barbara Allen ...
Barbara Hutton
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Al Pearson
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Danny
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Dale
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Lee Bassett
Joe Kapp ...
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Burnsey
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Erica
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Laureen
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June Pearson (as Harriet Nelson)
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Pete
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Trudy
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Penny
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Officer Hutton
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A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on a Californian highway. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and leading up to the accident. The closing replays the entire "smash up" from various angles and in slow motion, depicting much carnage and indifference to the victims. Written by Brooke <soylent@ican.net>

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15 Lives Bound Forever in One Shattering Second ... The Most Awesome Automobile Accident Ever Filmed!

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Interstate 5 runs north-south on the west coast of the United States paralleling US Route 101 from the Mexican to the Canadian borders connecting the cites of San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento (California), Medford, Eugene, Salem, Portland (Oregon), Tacoma, Seattle, Everett and Bellingham (Washington). See more »

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For the entire film, Sgt. Marcam's CHP cruiser is a then-new 1976 Dodge Monaco (an intermediate sized car). For the crash sequence at the end of the film, his car changes into a much larger 1973 Dodge Monaco (no doubt a budget consideration, as the car is wrecked). See more »

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Slightly better than average TV disaster flick
27 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Smash-Up on Interstate 5" goes the same path as any disaster flick from the 1970s. The TV movie has a large, notable cast and multiple story lines, which culminate into the title incident. In an unusual move, the filmmakers chose to open the film with the same multi-vehicle accident and flash back to the characters involved in the accident.

Because of this creative decision, I did care about some of the characters and their fates. The most heartbreaking storyline was the older couple played by Buddy Ebsen and Harriet Nelson (Hillard) in which one member of the couple is faced with a fatal medical diagnosis.

In addition, the stunt work and editing of the actual crash was very terrifying and effective.

As with many television movies, finding this item on DVD is challenging.


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