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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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Ron Howard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Sam Freeman
Nancy Morgan ... Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers 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 Peter Isacksen ... Sparky
Clint Howard ... Ace
James Ritz 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy autólopás See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$602,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,000,000
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Company Credits

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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Trivia

The crew were very impressed with first time director Ron Howard the first day they started filming. Most newbies producer Roger Corman hired were unsure of themselves and took awhile to get things going. But Howard knew exactly what he wanted and how to set up each shot because of his familiarity with film production from being in movies and shows as a kid and teen for so many years. See more »

Goofs

While on the outskirts of Vegas a news truck enters the chase. In forward shots there is only the newswoman driving it, from behind she has a male passenger inside with her. 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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Soundtracks

Love In Flight
Written by Peter Ivers (uncredited)
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"Two Thumbs Up!" - Arthur Fonzarelli
20 April 2001 | by RandyRodmanSee all my reviews

This movie will never be remembered as great filmmaking, but it's sure to go down in history as an eerily accurate time capsule of the 1970's. The seventies, a time when, despite the depressingly high crime rate, people left their keys in the ignition without giving it a second thought; when cars were stolen so often we considered them communal property.(By the way, if you're ever the victim of a car theft, stand in the road shaking your fist as the car drives off, then yell 'come back here!' as loudly as possible. This is sure to get your car back.)The seventies were a magical time, when gubernatorial candidates wore jumpsuits without fear of ridicule and kept hired goons on retainer; when towns had only one radio station and we all listened to it; when whiny polo players were considered good catches.

And the car chases! Every day and twice on holy days, my Dad would tell me. Many times, while driving to his job as Jack Lord's shoe buffer, he would come across an impromptu car chase headed to Las Vegas or Tahiti or some other fun place and you better believe he joined in! He would be gone for weeks at a time but we always understood. Mom and I were never worried about him; we could follow his progress from the constant radio reports given by the DJ flying overhead. In the seventies, radio stations thought nothing of scrapping their entire playlist and sending up a fleet of helicopters manned by skinny DJs in smoked glasses to spend days covering a car chase while whole police forces sat idly by, except for that one wacky policeman who always seemed to show up carrying some personal vendetta against one of the chasers and was in way over his head but didn't know it because he wasn't too bright but we understood and we loved him anyway.

Because it was the seventies.


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