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Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 3 December 1976
A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in California. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and ... See full summary »

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Eugene Price (teleplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Sergeant Sam Marcum
Sian Barbara Allen ... Barbara Hutton
Buddy Ebsen ... Al Pearson
Herb Edelman ... Danny
David Groh ... Dale
Scott Jacoby ... Lee Bassett
Joe Kapp ... Officer Estevez
Sue Lyon ... Burnsey
Vera Miles ... Erica
Donna Mills ... Laureen
Harriet Nelson ... June Pearson
George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Pete
Terry Moore ... Trudy
Bonnie Ebsen ... Penny
Tommy Lee Jones ... Officer Hutton
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Storyline

A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in California. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and leading up to the accident. The closing replays the entire "smash up" from various angles and in slow motion, depicting much carnage and indifference to the victims. Written by Brooke <soylent@ican.net>

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15 Lives Bound Forever in One Shattering Second ... The Most Awesome Automobile Accident Ever Filmed!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carambolages See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Buddy Ebsen and his daughter, Bonnie Ebsen, and Harriet Nelson and her son, David Nelson, are among the film's ensemble cast. See more »

Goofs

For the entire film, Sgt. Marcam's CHP cruiser is a then-new 1976 Dodge Monaco (an intermediate sized car). For the crash sequence at the end of the film, his car changes into a much larger 1973 Dodge Polara (no doubt a budget consideration, as the car is wrecked). See more »

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An impressive all-star TV cast makes this movie of the week worth watching...
14 August 2006 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

SMASH-UP ON INTERSTATE 5 was one of the most entertaining entries on the Tuesday and Wednesday Movies of the Week. This episodic drama, somehow economically told in 90 minutes, opens with a spectacular 39-car crash on a deserted stretch of highway. The film then flashes back 48 hours before the crash occurs and through multiple stories we get to meet all of the people involved in the crash and what they were going through at the time of the crash. The impressive all-star cast includes Vera Miles, Robert Conrad, Donna Mills, Buddy Ebsen, David Groh, Scott Jacoby, and there's an especially lovely turn by Harriet Nelson, widow of TV icon Ozzie Nelson. I like the way this movie showed us the crash first and then took us back. For some reason, it made us care even more about these people, knowing what was ahead for them.


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