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Grand Theft Auto (1977)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 16 June 1977 (USA)
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A rich girl steals her dad's Rolls Royce and heads off to Las Vegas to get married. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.

Director:

Ron Howard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Sam Freeman
Nancy Morgan ... Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ... Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Bigby Powers
Rance Howard ... Ned Slinker
Paul Linke ... Collins Hedgeworth
Marion Ross ... Vivian Hedgeworth
Don Steele ... Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ... Sparky
Clint Howard ... Ace
James Ritz ... Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)
Hoke Howell ... Preacher
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Jack Klepper
Ken Lerner ... Eagle I
Jack Perkins ... Shadley
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Storyline

Paula Powers, daughter of wealthy gubernatorial candidate Bigby Powers, decides to reject her parents' attempt at matchmaking and run off to Vegas to marry her sweetheart, Sam Freeman. As they drive away in a stolen Rolls-Royce, spurned suitor Collins Hedgeworth follows behind in hot pursuit, along with a cadre of goons hoping to get the $25,000 reward that's been offered for Paula's return. Can the young lovers make it to Vegas for a quickie wedding before the forces of conformity and privilege arrive to put a stop to their romance? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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See the greatest cars in the world destroyed!


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Trivia

Second unit producer Lawrence Cruikshank has a cameo as one of the elderly churchgoers on the bus that Officer Tad commandeers. See more »

Goofs

The first time the helicopter attempts to block the road for the Rolls Royce, the helicopter makes the turn twice. See more »

Quotes

Sam Freeman: How do we get outta here?
Derby Driver: You'll need a tow truck!
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Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Love In Flight
Written by Peter Ivers (uncredited)
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The funniest car chase movie of all time!
28 August 2000 | by wishkah7See all my reviews

Forget Smokey and the Bandit, check out Grand Theft Auto if you want a car-chase movie in the comedy genre! This was also Ron Howard's directorial debut. And everyone knows him as Opie from The Andy Griffith Show, and Richie from Happy Days. It's about these teenagers who go joyriding in stolen cars, and they get into the most deliriously funny situations anyone could imagine in a car-chase movie!

I don't care if this movie didn't get any good reviews or if it wasn't considered 'cool', but hey, after all it was Ron Howard's first movie he ever produced. The movie may have lowbrow humor, but it's still an awesome movie worth watching! I saw this movie for the first time when I was a preteen, and to this day I still find it to be outrageously funny! If you're in the mood for a serious car-chase movie, rent something like Bullitt or The French Connection. If you want to see a funny one, rent this movie! IMHO, I think it's the funniest movie of 1977!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Theft Auto See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$602,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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