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Release Date:
October 1981 (USA) See more »
This movie follows the rivalry between a small-town southern sheriff and a small-town teenaged thief who steals cars and destroys them with the sheriff's daughter by his side. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jimmy McNichol ... Roscoe Wilton
Janet Julian ... Peggy Sue Turner
Walter Barnes ... Sheriff Turner
Patrick Campbell ... Lester
Kari Lizer ... Cindy
John Blyth Barrymore ... Harold
Kedric Wolfe ... Deputy Bentley

William Forsythe ... Kenny (as Bill Forsythe)

Charles Howerton ... Sheriff Bleed
Mel Welles ... Abu Habib Bibubu
Michael Greene ... Tall Arab (as Michael Green)
Don Corey ... Short Arab

Dick Miller ... Glen Wilson
Linda Gary ... Woman Sheriff
Adriana Shaw ... Woman Deputy

Rance Howard ... Coach
Beach Dickerson ... Band Director
Robert Beecher ... Principal Stark
Nancy Parsons ... Harold's Mother
Dan Sturkie ... Bell Hop
Angelo Rossitto ... Desk Clerk (as Angelo Rosito)

Tony Cox ... Desk Clerk (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Jessica Griffith ... Little Girl
Teda Bracci ... Cleaning Lady
Angelo Grisanti ... Larry
Gene LeBell ... Turk (as Gene Le Bell)
Mickey Fox ... Ms. 1940
Ben Frommer ... Caesar Camaro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David McLure ... Mustached Homecoming Escort in Pink Tux and Top Hat driving the car to [Janet's] house
Cary Michael Cheifer ... Mr. Clark (uncredited)
Charles B. Griffith ... Deputy Scuggs (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles B. Griffith 
Writing credits
Max Apple (screenplay)

Brian Williams (story)

Bob Logan  creative script consultant

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... co-producer (as Gale Hurd)
Original Music by
Bent Myggen 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Art Direction by
Francesca Bartoccini 
J. Rae Fox 
Set Decoration by
J. Rae Fox 
Makeup Department
Ken Horn .... makeup artist
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mark Allan .... production manager: second unit
Caren Singer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Holzman .... second unit director
Craig Storper .... second assistant director
John Thompson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Francesca Bartoccini .... property master
Pamela Canzano .... properties
K.C. Scheibel .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Rob Harvey .... sound mixer
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound effects (as David Yewdall)
Blair Burrows .... stuntman
Charles Edward Fortson .... stuntman (as Charles Fortson)
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Harry Wowchuk .... stuntman
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Jones .... director of photography: second unit
James Kanter .... assistant camera
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Alex Levac .... still photographer
David W. Nims .... grip/driver (as David Nims)
Bruce M. Pasternack .... assistant camera (as Bruce Pastarnack)
Michael Railsback .... best boy electrician
Michael Uva .... best boy grip
Doug Wood .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ginny Cox .... wardrobe assistant
Ellen Shanahan .... key wardrobe (as Ellen Rome Shanahan)
Editorial Department
Miller Drake .... post-production consultant
Barry Zetlin .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Ken Moffatt .... transportation captain
Pamela B. Warner .... vehicle coordinator (as Pam Warner)
Other crew
Brian Coventry .... production assistant
Jane Covner .... unit publicist
Al Dooley .... designer and builder: Avatar
Nancy Friedman .... production coordinator
Mark Green .... production assistant
Jill Griffith .... location manager
Sharon Kirkpatrick .... script supervisor
Bob Logan .... creative consultant
Tricia Moody .... creative consultant
Tom Plant .... production accountant (as Thomas Plant)
Craig Pointes .... production assistant
Fred Rosenberg .... creative consultant
Paul Tompkins .... craft service
Mark Witzer .... production assistant
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dana MacDuff .... production assistant (uncredited)

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87 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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Edited from Moving Violation (1976)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Car chase flick, 22 January 2003

OK, sure the movie pretty much sucks, but it's definitely worth it to see some cool car chases if you are a car chase fan. After realizing how many precious classic Dodge Chargers were destroyed during the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV run, it's also kinda sad to see a hot '57 Chevy banged up in chases (watch the disappearing dents, they used more than one of course) but the highlight definitely is that great crash by the '57 through the roof (where of course, McNichol simply keeps driving after the car lands). This chase, with the '57 Chevy, just may be one of the greatest car chases ever put on film actually, it's just too bad it's in a comedy and not a 'serious' film.

The comedy is definitely bad, with maybe the funniest scene probably being the truck driver who backs in McNichols' way in an alley, who says "nooo!" with a hilarious look on his face. So hey, pick this one up off ebay for the chases, and watch with the volume turned off when you can to avoid the painful dialogue.

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