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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Freeman
... Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers ... Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill ... Bigby Powers
... Ned Slinker
... Collins Hedgeworth
... Vivian Hedgeworth
... Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen ... Sparky
... Ace
James Ritz ... Officer Tad (as Jim Ritz)
... Preacher
Lew Brown ... Jack Klepper
... Eagle I
... Shadley
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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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16 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy autólopás  »

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Budget:

$602,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,000,000
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(Ryder Sound Services)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence with the pickup truck and the dynamite was added in post-production. 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

[first lines]
[Paula has brought Sam to her home]
Priscilla Powers: Aagh! Paula, how could you do this?
Paula Powers: Come on, mom, PLEASE don't be so dramatic!
Priscilla Powers: I have been planning for months the weddings of you and Collins Hedgeworth.
Paula Powers: No, mother! He didn't ask me, he asked *you*!
Bigby Powers: Shut up, young lady! Just sit down and sit your lips. You are engaged to Collins Hedgeworth.
Bigby Powers: [to Sam] Did you know, that she was engaged to Collins Hedgeworth?
Sam Freeman: Sir, I realize, that there is a conflict, but...
Bigby Powers: [to Priscilla] You see, he understands...
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Featured in 'Grand Theft Auto': A Family Affair (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatcha Gonna Do?
Written by David Jenkins (uncredited) and Cory Lerios (uncredited)
furnished courtesy of A&M Records
Performed by Pablo Cruise
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Ron Howard is making headlines here!

Ever since his breakthrough with "American Graffiti", and TV'S "Happy Days", this movie should be making the headlines all the way! Transitioning from actor to director and writer, Ron Howard is at the top of his game. In "Grand Theft Auto", Ron plays Sam, a smart, simple man who runs off with a rich man's daughter named Paula ( Nancy Morgan) , whom her father and mother disapproves completely. They set her up with a wealthy man, whom she doesn't like. In order to put them in their places, she runs off in her father's Rolls Royce. And the chase is on! The two couple go on into a high speed chase all the way to Las Vegas to elope.Unfortunately, the father wants to put a stop to it. After avoided all the roadblocks set by her father, the duo never stopped. Even the fiancé wants her back. But, stealing every car cost everyone their chances to stop the couple from heading to Las Vegas. The fiancé mother (Marion Ross) was in so much trouble with the law from stealing a car, to assault to a policeman, I don't think she''ll ever see the light again. With all the wrecks and totals, the insurance rates have skyrocketed. With so many stars including Happy Days producer Garry Marshall, Marion and Ron weren't very Cunningham like in this movie: the language, obscene gestures, and Marion hitting the officer in the groin. The grand theft auto turned into a media circus for the two, but they ended up instant celebrities at the end. Who says you won't have a happy ending? Make your dream come true. This movie was excellent. I enjoyed it very much. 4 out of 5 stars.


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