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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:
"Two Thumbs Up!" - Arthur Fonzarelli 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:
The sequence with the pick-up truck and the dynamite was added in post-production.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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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
"Two Thumbs Up!" - Arthur Fonzarelli, 20 April 2001
Author: Randy Rodman (RandyRodman@cs.com) from United States

This movie will never be remembered as great filmmaking, but it's sure to go down in history as an eerily accurate time capsule of the 1970's. The seventies, a time when, despite the depressingly high crime rate, people left their keys in the ignition without giving it a second thought; when cars were stolen so often we considered them communal property.(By the way, if you're ever the victim of a car theft, stand in the road shaking your fist as the car drives off, then yell 'come back here!' as loudly as possible. This is sure to get your car back.)The seventies were a magical time, when gubernatorial candidates wore jumpsuits without fear of ridicule and kept hired goons on retainer; when towns had only one radio station and we all listened to it; when whiny polo players were considered good catches.

And the car chases! Every day and twice on holy days, my Dad would tell me. Many times, while driving to his job as Jack Lord's shoe buffer, he would come across an impromptu car chase headed to Las Vegas or Tahiti or some other fun place and you better believe he joined in! He would be gone for weeks at a time but we always understood. Mom and I were never worried about him; we could follow his progress from the constant radio reports given by the DJ flying overhead. In the seventies, radio stations thought nothing of scrapping their entire playlist and sending up a fleet of helicopters manned by skinny DJs in smoked glasses to spend days covering a car chase while whole police forces sat idly by, except for that one wacky policeman who always seemed to show up carrying some personal vendetta against one of the chasers and was in way over his head but didn't know it because he wasn't too bright but we understood and we loved him anyway.

Because it was the seventies.

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