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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Freeman
Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill ...
Bigby Powers
Ned Slinker
Collins Hedgeworth
Vivian Hedgeworth
Don Steele ...
Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ...
James Ritz ...
Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)
Lew Brown ...
Jack Klepper
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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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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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This was Ron Howard's feature directorial debut. All of his previous directorial works were short subjects. See more »


When Collins Hedgeworth steals the Dodge Charger (with white seats) he mistakenly backs into the showroom. The inside shot of the shift console shows a blue vinyl console, obviously very old and dirty, with black seats. There is, additionally, some graffiti "smudged" onto the console. This is clearly a shot of a different vehicle than the nice, "like new" Charger represented. 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 »


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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The King of car crash films
17 November 2001 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Nutty, non stop laughfest depicting 2 idealistic, love struck teens determined to make it to Vegas to be wed against the wishes of the bride's parents. This sets off a huge manhunt for the pair by any and every breed of looney, each intent on cashing in on the 25K reward. Never have I seen this many wrecks; dozens and dozens, maybe more. Kooky comedy at it's best.

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