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Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976)

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 ... See full summary »

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Sergeant Sam Marcum
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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 ...
Officer Estevez
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Burnsey
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Erica
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Laureen
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June Pearson
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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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3 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The exact site of the smash up is on the northbound side of Interstate 210 in La Crescenta, California, approximately one mile before the Sunland Boulevard exit. The freeway was under construction during filming in 1976, and was not open from Lowell Avenue to Sunland Boulevard.

The 1978 film "Corvette Summer" used this same section of the 210 in that film's finale. 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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This Movie Held My Attention From The Very Beginning To The Ending
2 August 2004 | by (Huxley,Iowa) – See all my reviews

Smash Up On Interstate 5 is one of the made for television movies from the decade of the 1970s, that was very very well done. This movie held my attention from the very beginning to the ending of the film.I saw this movie many many years ago when it first aired on television so long ago.I was very impressed by it way back then.I am still as impressed with this movie when I watch it now.I never get tired of it.I think it is a good film for young people to see.It shows what can happen when driving is done carelessly.They ought to show this movie in driver's education.I do not like to drive on the interstate, and this film shows why.The movie has a wonderful cast.Buddy Ebsen,Harriet Nelson,as the sweet older couple. Donna Mills,Robert Conrad,David Groh,and the great Vera Miles.The writing was terrific, and so were the shots done in the pile up on the interstate.I love how the story builds and builds to the climax in the end.The movie was tastefully done, considering it shows a huge pile up on the freeway.I highly recommend this movie to everyone.


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