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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mother
... Jugs
... Speed
... Harry Fishbine
... Murdoch
... Davey
... Leroy
... Rodeo
Milt Kamen ... Barney
Barra Grant ... Miss Crocker
... Bliss
... Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott ... Harvey
... Moran
... Charles Taylor


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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The F & B Ambulance Co. is looking for a few good men... but they will take any body they can get. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambulances tous risques  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


First movie role for Hall of Fame Chicago Bear Dick Butkus. See more »


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 »


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 Skid Marks (2007) See more »


Mexican Shuffle
Performed by Herb Alpert
Written by Sol Lake
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Pitch black humour with a social Conscience
26 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Director Peter Yates (BULLITT, KRULL, FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE etc) helmed this criminally ignored film in 1976. Much like Scorsese's WAKING THE DEAD this one is set around the world of Ambulance driving and It's a Black satire riddled with drama and social commentary.

Bill Cosby plays MOTHER, the veteran driver who has seen it all and is always looking out for his fellow workers. Raquel Welch plays JUGS(For obvious reasons), the secretary for the ambulance company who aspires to be a more. Harvey Keitel plays SPEED, an ex cop on suspension for supposed drug dealing, hence the name.

All the cast deliver fine performances and create memorable charecters. (Larry Hagman as the ultimate prick is perfect)

The script is absolutely inspired melding pitch black laughs with genuine heartfelt emotion to deliver a scathing examination of the job and the world in which they operate. Constantly catching the viewer of guard with it mix of intelligent comedy and impactual violence, this film really is a keeper.

So come on guys be daring and track down a copy of this cult favourite that deserves far more attention and recognition.

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