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Writers:
Rance Howard (written by) and
Ron Howard (written by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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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
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)
 
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
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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Runtime:
84 min
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Language:
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 | 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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Trivia:
Ron Howard's wife Cheryl Howard did the catering on this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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 "Top Gear: Episode #20.2" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love In FlightSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fasten your seat-belts., 12 May 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A young couple Sam and Paula are planning to be hitched, but when they confront Paula's influential parents about it. They won't have any of it, and beg her to marry the snobby, rich Colin. Instead she and Sam steal her father's Rolls Royce and head to Las Vegas to elope. From this a large road chase eventuates with Colin calling a radio station to announce a $25,000 reward for Paula. While on their tails, Colin's mother Vivian joins in with another $25,000 for his return. Soon Paula's father has got out the big guns to stop them, while plenty of nutty people join in chase for the doe and the local radio station DJ happens to be commentating the action in a hovering helicopter.

Just sit back, and soak it all up. Following the success of Ron Howard's starring vehicle "Eat My Dust". Another chance was on offer, and this follow up had Ron Howard kicking off his directorial debut under the watchful eye of producer Roger Corman and what we get is purely light-headed fun with non-stop bustle and chaos ensured. This tight budget drive-in, b-film is a madcap chase comedy all the way, which is ebulliently staged and provides such a rush due to Howard's concisely economical and desirable direction. The animatedly mindless screenplay, which is penned by Ron and his father Rance Howard crackles with plenty of freedom to cluster and stretch out the story with mini sub-plots, clever visual gags, highly witty dialogues and a circus show of colourful characters. The concept is simple, old-school and cartoonish, but Howard's knowledgeable timing and honest tailoring lets the film open up naturally with its crackerjack pacing that never lets the momentum slip and expansively robust and tightly choreographed stunts that lead onto a smash-a-thon of fast and stolen motor vehicles ending in flourish of explosions. Howard captures many well-displayed images. Helping out behind the scenes, is that of Joe Dante's airtight, sped-up editing to Gary Graver' sharply inventive cinematography and giving the film some heart is the casually, cosy music score that can spruce up when needed. Being shot on location in open desert back roads gave it a down 'n' dirty feel of authenticity. Attached to it are joyful performances from the entire cast who like to gesture a lot. Nancy Morgan shines excellently in a sprightly cheeky turn as Paula and Ron Howard amusedly sits on cruise control as Sam. The Corman-regulars that co-star on this one range from the eccentrically self-absorbed performance by a fantastic Don Steele, Clint Howard, Rance Howard and a minor appearance by Paul Bartel. Marion Ross and Paul Linke are a riot as Vivian and Collin Hedgeworth. Playing Paula's snotty parents are the enjoyably comic Elizabeth Rogers and Barry Cahill. Also Jim Ritz, Hoke Howell and Garry Marshall give capable, snappy and crazy support. Oh, they don't make 'em like this anymore. Man, these type of spirited features really put these wannabe shallow Hollywood dosh to shame. Something about these outings just seem to stay fresh.

"Grand Theft Auto" is a groovy, no-nonsense splurge into high-octane overload, which is considerably well executed with clarity and precision for what it is. So go ahead and floor it for one pleasurable and fulfilling genre romp.

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