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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

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Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

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John Hough

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Leigh Chapman (screenplay), Antonio Santean (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Larry
Susan George ... Mary
Adam Roarke ... Deke
Kenneth Tobey ... Donahue
Eugene Daniels Eugene Daniels ... Hank
Lynn Borden ... Evelyn
Janear Hines Janear Hines ... Millie
Elizabeth James Elizabeth James ... Dispatcher
Adrianne Herman Adrianne Herman ... Cindy
T.J. Castronovo T.J. Castronovo ... Steve (as Tom Castranova)
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (as James Gavin)
Al Rossi ... Surl
Ben Niems Ben Niems ... Police Chief Markey
George Westcott George Westcott ... Bridge Operator
Tom O'Neill Tom O'Neill ... Farmer
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Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle possible. As such, they decide to rob a supermarket's office of the money in its safe to pursue their dream. On the most part, their robbery is successful, although their plan breaks down in its end phase, which doesn't allow them as much getaway time as they wanted. Another problem they face is an unexpected third person in their getaway, Larry's one night stand Mary Coombs, who doesn't like the fact that Larry ran off on her, although she eventually also says that she doesn't want any of the money. With a police scanner and two-way radio in their souped up Dodge Charger, they try to outrun the police, who have an identification of their vehicle, and a general description of the three. The police pursuit is led by the tenacious Sheriff Everett Franklin, who knows he and his team can catch them, ... Written by Huggo

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There's nothin' they won't try! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fuga del loco y la sucia See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakdale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,401,735, 31 December 1974
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Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three Chargers were used in the film; Two 1969 Dodge Chargers (one "R/T" and one coupe), and one 1968 Dodge Charger (coupe). Two of the Chargers were intentionally damaged in the front (after a scene where the Charger collided with the truck), and there is a notable difference in the damage from car to car See more »

Goofs

In almost all close-up shots of an actor wearing (sun)glasses, the crew and/or camera rigs are visible in the reflections. See more »

Quotes

Hanks: I'm gonna eat your lunch, you long-haired faggot!
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes cut from the original theatrical release were re-inserted for some television cuts of the film: Among these is a scene in the walnut grove after the collision with the fruit truck where Mary (Susan George) chides Larry (Peter Fonda) about not being literate enough to understand a quote from a book. Another occurs where four hoods at the swap meet are being interviewed by the police after Larry, Mary, and Deke tear off in the souped up Dodge Charger. The houdlums stall the officer's questions by commenting back and forth about what kind of engine was in the Charger. See more »

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Soundtracks

Time (Is Such a Funny Thing)
Written by Danny Janssen and Bobby Hart
Sung by Marjorie McCoy
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A moron movie that ya' gotta love!!
31 August 1999 | by evilskipSee all my reviews

There isn't a lot of plot to this movie.Larry & Deke rob a grocery store to further their racing careers.Along the way Mary a ditzy blonde (Susan George in a great performance)deals herself in. The police give chase led by Vic Morrow as a foul mouthed unconventional, pain in the arse officer.

Larry, Mary & Deke are morons.Their dialogue is a hoot as they probably have one brain between the three of them. There are the usual squabbles and expositions along the way.You can't help but like them even if they are cretinous.you want them to get away and speed off into the sunset.

This is a great chase film with the required car crashes to take your mind off of the plot holes and idiotic dialogue.Great twist ending!A very guilty pleasure!


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