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Moving Violation (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | July 1976 (USA)
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A young drifter (Stephen McHattie) and his newly acquired girlfriend (Kay Lenz) witness a corrupt local Sheriff kill his deputy, soon becoming the prime suspects they set off across country to evade capture.


Charles S. Dubin


David Osterhout (screenplay) (as David R. Osterhout), William W. Norton (screenplay) (as William Norton) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen McHattie ... Eddie Moore
Kay Lenz ... Cam Johnson
Eddie Albert ... Alex Warren
Lonny Chapman ... Sheriff Rankin
Will Geer ... Rockfield
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Bubba
John S. Ragin ... Agent Shank
Dennis Redfield ... Tylor
Michael Ross Verona Michael Ross Verona ... Harvey
Francis De Sales ... Lawyer (as Francis de Sales)
Dick Miller ... Mack
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Police Chief
Paul Linke ... Deputy Frank
Jason Wingreen ... Psychiatrist
George Ball George Ball ... George the Cop


Eddie Moore is a young drifter passing through the small town of Rockfield when suddenly he gets harassed by corrupt sheriff Leroy Rankin and his Deputy, Tylor. Later he meets up with waitress Camille "Cam" Johnson and both skinny dip in a swimming pool owned by H.L. Rockfield, the richest man in the area. Later Tylor shows up at his mansion and starts criticizing his business practices, something that he doesn't know is Sheriff Rankin is also there and hears every word he said, he then shoots Tylor and staggers away and manages to seek refuge in the back of Cam's van. Felling his reputation as Sheriff will be tarnished if anyone finds out about it. He blames Eddie and Cam for the killing and puts out an APB. Endess car chases and shootouts ensue as they try to stay alive. Written by Jmac1988

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If you steal it, roll it and wreck it - you're a Moving Violation. See more »


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26 cars are crashed in this film. See more »


When Cam and Eddie go into the gas station restaurant, the window in the Cadillac is down, but when they escape back in it, the window is back up. See more »


Police Chief: [Sheriff Rankin and Bubba are planning to assassinate Cam and Eddie] You got a duck hunting license?
Bubba: Oh, hell, yes.
Police Chief: [hands Bubba a bag of bullets] Here's some food for the ducks.
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Edited into Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) See more »


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Not Bad Drive-In Fare
24 June 2000 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

A wildly uneven but watchable combination of violent melodrama and car-chase comedy, about an unassuming young couple who stumble onto a murder and end up on the run, framed by the redneck sheriff who actually committed the crime. This is a 1970's drive-in picture, made to order. The comedy and violence tend to clash and cancel each other out, but the performances are good and the action well-staged for such a low budget film. Worth a peek on a slow night, but nothing to stay up for.

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Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape de pesadilla See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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