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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.

Director:

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 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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Company Credits

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

Producer and Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz was at a party at Natalie Wood's house, when he met Peter Yates, who had directed Bullitt (1968) with Steve McQueen. When asked what his next project might be, Yates said he'd love to do a comedy with some "bite" to it. Mankiewicz got a copy of this movie's script out of the trunk of his car, and Yates agreed to read it on his transatlantic flight home to England. Yates called Mankiewicz the next morning and said, "Let's do it." See more »

Goofs

In several wide shots of the F&B Station during the climax, the windows go from three bullet holes to windows free of damage. See more »

Quotes

Tony Malatesta: They don't call me Speed for nuthin'.
Jugs: Well, let's hope they don't call you Speed for everything!
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California Girls
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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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