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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:
See Ron go wild...go wild, Ron, go wild 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ron Howard's wife Cheryl Howard did the catering on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Colin 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cotton Candy (1978) (TV)See more »

FAQ

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
See Ron go wild...go wild, Ron, go wild, 2 June 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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