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Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 16 June 1977 (USA)
A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

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Sam Freeman
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Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill ...
Bigby Powers
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Ned Slinker
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Collins Hedgeworth
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Vivian Hedgeworth
Don Steele ...
Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ...
Sparky
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Ace
James Ritz ...
Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)
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Preacher
Lew Brown ...
Jack Klepper
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Eagle I
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Shadley
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Paula Powers, daughter of wealthy gubernatorial candidate Bigby Powers, decides to reject her parents' attempt at matchmaking and run off to Vegas to marry her sweetheart, Sam Freeman. As they drive away in a stolen Rolls-Royce, spurned suitor Collins Hedgeworth follows behind in hot pursuit, along with a cadre of goons hoping to get the $25,000 reward that's been offered for Paula's return. Can the young lovers make it to Vegas for a quickie wedding before the forces of conformity and privilege arrive to put a stop to their romance? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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16 June 1977 (USA)  »

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A nagy autólopás  »

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$602,000 (estimated)
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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.85 : 1
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Ron Howard lost 10-12 pounds during the shooting of this movie. See more »

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The white foam or water that is sprayed on the window of the Rolls Royce completely disappears minutes after. See more »

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[first lines]
[Paula has brought Sam to her home]
Priscilla Powers: Aagh! Paula, how could you do this?
Paula Powers: Come on, mom, PLEASE don't be so dramatic!
Priscilla Powers: I have been planning for months the weddings of you and Collins Hedgeworth.
Paula Powers: No, mother! He didn't ask me, he asked *you*!
Bigby Powers: Shut up, young lady! Just sit down and sit your lips. You are engaged to Collins Hedgeworth.
Bigby Powers: [to Sam] Did you know, that she was engaged to Collins Hedgeworth?
Sam Freeman: Sir, I realize, that there is a conflict, but...
Bigby Powers: [to Priscilla] You see, he understands...
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Referenced in The Illustrated Man with John Solie (2011) See more »

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Whatcha Gonna Do?
Written by David Jenkins (uncredited) and Cory Lerios (uncredited)
furnished courtesy of A&M Records
Performed by Pablo Cruise
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Ron Howard's competent debut
19 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Paula Powers and Sam Freeman (Ron Howard) shock her rich parents with news of their engagement. Her father Bigby Powers is running for governor and they forbid it. She sneaks out from her room and steals the family Rolls-Royce driving off for Vegas. Her mother informs unrequited suitor Collins Hedgeworth who goes on the chase. After a couple of crashes, Collins offers a reward over the radio and the mad chase go into high gear.

This is Ron Howard's full length directorial debut. He's calling in plenty of favors including Marion Ross. The plot is only an excuse to put on a cross-country car chase like "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". The female lead Nancy Morgan is sufficient but nothing special. It's all about the car action. There are lots of crashes and destruction. Howard is doing a few good camera shots but it's nothing revolutionary. For a first time effort, this movie shows his professionalism and excellence before his years. It also shows that action is not going to be his forte. He can have some fun but he's not changing the way car chases are done.


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