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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

Interstate 5 runs north and south on the west coast of the United States paralleling U.S. Highway 101 from the Mexican to the Canadian borders connecting the cites of San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento (California), Medford, Eugene, Salem, Portland (Oregon), Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, and Bellingham (Washington). 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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A New Setting for Disaster
3 August 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

After years of disaster films set on planes, ocean liners and even on trains, we finally got one set on the freeway. Other than that, it is just like the rest of the seemingly endless parade of mid-1970's disaster epics. Also, the characters were just like the ones in the others. You had the lonely rich middle age lady who finds love with a trucker, the older couple facing a terminal illness, the young lovers on the run and the vengeful cop looking for his partner's killer. All of these characters could have been put on the plane, train or ship but instead they are all on a collision course on a major California freeway. Also, it was pretty interesting that this film began with the "smash-up" and showed all the events leading up to it and showing it again at the end and all the aftermaths. For all its faults, it still was a pretty good film.


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