Competition between privately owned Los Angeles, California ambulance companies is played for humor.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Stephen Manes (story), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Mother
Raquel Welch ... Jugs
Harvey Keitel ... Speed
Allen Garfield ... Harry Fishbine
Larry Hagman ... Murdoch
L.Q. Jones ... Davey
Bruce Davison ... Leroy
Dick Butkus ... Rodeo
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Barney
Barra Grant ... Miss Crocker
Allan Warnick ... Bliss
Valerie Curtin ... Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott Ric Carrott ... Harvey
Severn Darden ... Moran
Bill Henderson ... Charles Taylor
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Storyline

Los Angeles, California: A new law says that the first ambulance that arrives at an accident obtains the contract to transport the injured person. The result is ruthless competition between several companies. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A black and blue comedy See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In-joke: While talking to an ambulance-chasing lawyer, Allen Garfield (Harry Fishbine) mentions a woman who got her hand stuck in a garbage disposal named Natasha Gurdin, which was the real name of Natalie Wood. See more »

Goofs

As Murdoch and the other orderly are trying to bring the big woman down the stairs in the stretcher, you can see the pull wire attached underneath it. See more »

Quotes

Jugs: I held a bloody baby in my arms and watched the mother...
[pause]
Mother: And what you witnessed was a massive hemorrhage that NO doctor in the world coulda stopped with the equipment we carry in that rig. Ya did your best, ya saved the kid. But that doesn't count?... Ya know, if every driver that lost two patients in one day quit, we wouldn't have any drivers. You go stompin' around demanding rights and responsibility... well, you got it. And this is as good as it gets.
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Connections

Referenced in Semi-Pro (2008) See more »

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California Girls
(uncredited)
Performed by The Beach Boys
Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson
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Cosby keeps the laughs coming
1 February 1999 | by chez-3See all my reviews

The ads for this 1976 comedy described the film as "'MASH' on wheels" and that is the perfect description. It follows the exploits of paramedics in Los Angeles and the trouble they get into with the police, rival ambulance services, and each other. The film is very funny at times and deadly serious as traces of black comedy seep thru.

Bill Cosby heads the cast as Mother and gives, I believe, his best performance on the big screen. He's hip and funny. By no means is this film a classic but it is worth watching, especially if you're in a goofy mood. And Raquel Welch ain't bad to look at either.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother, Jugs & Speed See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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