Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  16 June 1977 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Freeman
Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill ...
Bigby Powers
Ned Slinker
Collins Hedgeworth
Vivian Hedgeworth
Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ...
James Ritz ...
Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)
Lew Brown ...
Jack Klepper
Eagle I
Jack Perkins ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

16 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Did You Know?


The demolition derby sequence was done in a single day. See more »


The first time the helicopter attempts to block the road for the Rolls Royce, the helicopter makes the turn twice. See more »


[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 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) See more »


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See Ron go wild...go wild, Ron, go wild
2 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Before Ron Howard made his most famous movies, he started with this ultra-wacky car chase story. Sam Freeman (Howard) and Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) try to announce their marriage plans to her parents', but the latter refuse to accept it. So, Sam and Paula run away in a car. As the story progresses, the whole situation snowballs. That is, more and more people get drug in. And of course, a bunch of cars get wrecked. Much like in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", everyone drives in every direction at top speed, damn the peripheral consequences.

One thing that really caught my eye was that Marion Ross starred in "Grand Theft Auto". You may remember her as Marion Cunningham on "Happy Days". I guess that you could say that Richie decided to cast his mom. Maybe it would look like this:

Marion: "Now Richard, always remember to be careful behind the wheel."

(Richie zooms off.)

Marion: "He always took after Howard when it came to driving."


Either way, the movie's outlandish (in fact, it's done like a B-movie), but it's impossible not to like.

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