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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 May 1976 (USA)
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Competition between privately owned Los Angeles ambulance companies is played for humor.

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Peter Yates

Writers:

Stephen Manes (story), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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: 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C.R.A.S.H. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,000,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie wasn't treated with much respect by the critics when it came out. Over the years, some have changed their opinions, and one critic, who negatively reviewed the movie initially, now describes it as a "hilarious black comedy". See more »

Goofs

When Leroy is shot, a wire is visible that pulls him back toward the bushes. See more »

Quotes

Harry Fishbine: I don't have to tell you people times are tough. You read the papers! The country is going to hell! Now you take inflation, recession, welfare, there's nothing we can do about that. But thanks to muggings, malnutrition, assassination and disease, we got a chance to make a buck!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Lives by Night (1999) See more »

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Mexican Shuffle
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Performed by Herb Alpert
Written by Sol Lake
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Not a Bad Film, Funny with Touches of Dramatic Realism
8 February 2005 | by AnideosSee all my reviews

This is a very funny, interesting and worth-watching movie from the 70s. It ought to be seen as a product of the early American indie that helped kick-start the anti-Hollywood boom that mirrored the social and cultural changes happening in the 70s. I liked it and I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience something with a rebellious flair. This film has an edge, not unlike Mean Streets or even Repo Man, and it addresses social issues while maintaining a satirical tack. I love movies from the 60s and 70s because they were made before the whole PG-13 watering down of American Cinema, before political correctness took hold of Hollywood, and before we all thought that we already knew everything there was to know.


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