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Director:
Writers:
Rance Howard (written by) and
Ron Howard (written by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See the greatest cars in the world destroyed!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
The funniest car chase movie of all time! See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ron Howard ... Sam Freeman

Nancy Morgan ... Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ... Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill ... Bigby Powers

Rance Howard ... Ned Slinker

Paul Linke ... Collins Hedgeworth

Marion Ross ... Vivian Hedgeworth
Don Steele ... Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ... Sparky

Clint Howard ... Ace
James Ritz ... Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)

Hoke Howell ... Preacher
Lew Brown ... Jack Klepper

Ken Lerner ... Eagle I
Jack Perkins ... Shadley

Paul Bartel ... Groom
Bill Conklin ... Engle Hingleman
Robby Weaver ... Harold Hingleman

Garry Marshall ... Underworld Boss (as Gary K. Marshall)

Leo Rossi ... Vegas Muscle Chief
Bobs Watson ... Minister (as Rev. Bobs Watson)
Jim Begg ... Vegas Businessman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Arkush ... Clown (uncredited)
Gisella Blake ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Reed Chenault ... Rex (uncredited)
Jean Clark ... Driver at Gas Station (uncredited)
Ancel Cook ... Dink (uncredited)

James Costigan ... Hiram (uncredited)
Laurence Cruickshank ... Elder Spokesman (uncredited)
Bill Denochelle ... Derby Driver (uncredited)
Jimi Fox ... Engineer (uncredited)
Lars Frederiksen ... Stony (uncredited)
Wayne Goodwin ... Mysterious Man (uncredited)
Ben Haller ... Tractor Driver (uncredited)

Gene Hartline ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Cheryl Howard ... Reporter in Brown Hat (uncredited)
Karen Kaysing ... Bride (uncredited)
Todd McCarthy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Leo Michelson ... Farmer (uncredited)
Eddie Mulder ... Derby Driver (uncredited)
Cal Naylor ... Car Salesman (uncredited)

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Roadside Cop (uncredited)
Vic Rivers ... Muskovitz (uncredited)
Felicitas Sanchez ... Lupe (uncredited)
Rick Seaman ... Max Hingleman (uncredited)
Glenn Towery ... Tony (uncredited)
George Wagner ... Camera Operator (uncredited)
Tom Waters ... Lester (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
 
Writing credits
Rance Howard (written by) and
Ron Howard (written by)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Laurence Cruickshank .... producer: second unit (as Lawrence Cruikshank)
Jon Davison .... producer
Rance Howard .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Ivers 
 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Dante 
Allan Arkush (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Keith Michl 
 
Makeup Department
Leigh Mitchell .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Finnell .... production manager: second unit (as Mike Finnell)
Harry Wowchuk .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Arkush .... second unit director
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Nixon III .... props (as Charles Nixon)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound coordinator (as Richard Anderson)
D.G. Fisher .... boom person
David Schneiderman .... recording mixer
Stephen Halbert .... sound: second unit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver (as Bruce Barbour)
Dana Bertolette .... stunt driver
Tim Chitwood .... stunt driver
Tim Heck .... stunt driver (as Jim Heck)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (as Conrad Palmisano)
Diane Peterson .... stunt driver
Vic Rivers .... stunt coordinator (as Victor Rivers)
Rick Seaman .... stunt driver
Gene Hartline .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Mulder .... stunts (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Vic Rivers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator: second unit
Mark Brown .... still photographer
Ben Haller .... grip
M. Todd Henry .... camera assistant (as Todd Henry)
Andrew G. La Marca .... camera assistant (as Andy LaMarca)
Leslie Otis .... camera assistant
Larry Snodgrass .... camera assistant
Gary Strange .... grip
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer (as Michael Stringer)
Ken Wheeland .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Pearl .... assistant wardrobe
Jane Ruhm .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Mark Goldblatt .... associate editor
Sandy Nervig .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Peter Ivers .... music producer
Roderick Taylor .... music producer (as Roderick Falconer)
 
Transportation Department
Gene Hartline .... transportation
 
Other crew
Sharon Benson .... production assistant
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor (as Joan Blum)
Linda Civitello .... production assistant
Laurie Cohn .... production assistant
David DeGeus .... production assistant
Rick Hynes .... production assistant
Tom Jacobson .... production assistant
Hunt Lowry .... production assistant
Connie McFeeley .... auditor
Janis Sukrau .... production assistant
Alan Toomayan .... production assistant
Gil Valle .... equipment
James M. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Nancy Zearfoss .... location manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
84 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24958) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Filmed in only 15 days.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The first time the helicopter attempts to block the road for the Rolls Royce, the helicopter makes the turn twice.See more »
Quotes:
[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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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The funniest car chase movie of all time!, 28 August 2000
Author: wishkah7 from Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)

Forget Smokey and the Bandit, check out Grand Theft Auto if you want a car-chase movie in the comedy genre! This was also Ron Howard's directorial debut. And everyone knows him as Opie from The Andy Griffith Show, and Richie from Happy Days. It's about these teenagers who go joyriding in stolen cars, and they get into the most deliriously funny situations anyone could imagine in a car-chase movie!

I don't care if this movie didn't get any good reviews or if it wasn't considered 'cool', but hey, after all it was Ron Howard's first movie he ever produced. The movie may have lowbrow humor, but it's still an awesome movie worth watching! I saw this movie for the first time when I was a preteen, and to this day I still find it to be outrageously funny! If you're in the mood for a serious car-chase movie, rent something like Bullitt or The French Connection. If you want to see a funny one, rent this movie! IMHO, I think it's the funniest movie of 1977!

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