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Release Date:
16 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Robert Weaver ... Harold Hingleman (as Robby Weaver)

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
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Stephen Halbert .... sound: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
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
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
Sharon Benson .... production assistant (uncredited)
James M. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
John Solie .... cover illustrator (uncredited)
Nancy Zearfoss .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Norway:15 (2004) (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24958) | West Germany:12

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The sequence with the pickup truck and the dynamite was added in post-production.See more »
Continuity: While on the outskirts of Vegas a news truck enters the chase. In forward shots there is only the newswoman driving it, from behind she has a male passenger inside with her.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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ron Howard is making headlines here!, 15 August 2012
Author: Brian T. Whitlock (GOWBTW) from WILMINGTON, NC

Ever since his breakthrough with "American Graffiti", and TV'S "Happy Days", this movie should be making the headlines all the way! Transitioning from actor to director and writer, Ron Howard is at the top of his game. In "Grand Theft Auto", Ron plays Sam, a smart, simple man who runs off with a rich man's daughter named Paula ( Nancy Morgan) , whom her father and mother disapproves completely. They set her up with a wealthy man, whom she doesn't like. In order to put them in their places, she runs off in her father's Rolls Royce. And the chase is on! The two couple go on into a high speed chase all the way to Las Vegas to elope.Unfortunately, the father wants to put a stop to it. After avoided all the roadblocks set by her father, the duo never stopped. Even the fiancé wants her back. But, stealing every car cost everyone their chances to stop the couple from heading to Las Vegas. The fiancé mother (Marion Ross) was in so much trouble with the law from stealing a car, to assault to a policeman, I don't think she''ll ever see the light again. With all the wrecks and totals, the insurance rates have skyrocketed. With so many stars including Happy Days producer Garry Marshall, Marion and Ron weren't very Cunningham like in this movie: the language, obscene gestures, and Marion hitting the officer in the groin. The grand theft auto turned into a media circus for the two, but they ended up instant celebrities at the end. Who says you won't have a happy ending? Make your dream come true. This movie was excellent. I enjoyed it very much. 4 out of 5 stars.

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