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Coast to Coast (1980)

A wealthy neurotic woman escapes from a New York mental asylum, and hitches a ride back to California with a moody down-on-his-luck cowboy trucker. They fall in love with each other while on the run from bounty hunters and a repo man.


Joseph Sargent


Stanley Weiser
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dyan Cannon ... Madie Levrington
Robert Blake ... Charles Callahan
Quinn K. Redeker ... Benjamin Levrington (as Quinn Redeker)
Michael Lerner ... Dr. Frederick Froll
Maxine Stuart ... Sam Klinger
William Lucking ... Jules (as Bill Lucking)
Ellen Gerstein ... Nurse #1
Patricia Conklin Patricia Conklin ... Nurse #2
David Moody David Moody ... Chester
Rozelle Gayle Rozelle Gayle ... Orderly
Martin Beck ... Albert
Karen Rushmore Karen Rushmore ... Callahan's Wife
Mae Williams Mae Williams ... Waitress at Truckstop
George P. Wilbur ... Billy Ray
Tom Pletts Tom Pletts ... Attendant


Madie Levrington is a neurotic, wealthy woman who escapes from a New York mental institution where her unwholesome husband had her committed to avoid the trial of an expensive divorce. She manages by taking her doctor hostage and leaving him behind in an open field, and flees into the night. Madie hitches a ride back to California with Charles Callahan, a moody, debt-ridden truck driver. Madie and Charles eventually fall in love while evading an assortment of villains including a pair of thugs hired by Madie's husband to prevent her from returning to California, and a repo man sent to reclaim Charles' truck. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Either way, love will win in the end. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The exterior filming of the cattle stampede sequence filmed in Pasadena, California was a camera set-up that utilized six cameras. See more »


After Madie drives the truck through the house at the end, the tractor is pointed 45 degrees down from the front, but from the side it's straight. See more »


[first lines]
Benjamin Levrington: [phone call] Dr. Frederick Froll please, this is Dr. Benjamin Levrington in Los Angeles. Thank you.
Benjamin Levrington: [voice] Fred!
Dr. Frederick Froll: [voice] Benjamin!
Dr. Frederick Froll: [voice] How are ya?
Benjamin Levrington: [voice] All right. Ah... look Fred, I need your help here. Uh, well frankly, I want to get rid of my wife.
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Featured in Vintage Video: Coast to Coast (1980) (2020) See more »


Written by Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
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Another trucker movie
19 May 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

I never caught the beginning of this movie, but obviously Madie Levrington (Dyan Cannon) escapes from a New York state mental hospital where her husband Benjamin had her committed to avoid the trial of an expensive divorce. Madie hitches a ride back to California with Charles Callahan (Robert Blake), a debt-ridden trucker. He drives a GMC General, yellow maybe. Maybe they met in Kansas City or they stopped in Kansas City to pick up some cattle. They eventually fall in love. But Madie steals the truck, cattle and all, leaving Charles behind, to go to her home in California. Charles hitches a ride and eventually catches up with the truck. He climbs into the open-top cattle trailer. But he can't stop Madie from back there. "I hate cows!" he says. Madie reaches her husband's home. The prospects don't look good for Benjamin.

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Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

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Coast to Coast See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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