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The Sugarland Express(1974)

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  • What Is It?

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 5/6/17

    The character of Lou Jean Poplin is so stupid - and misguided - that it is impossible to have sympathy for her.

  • The Sugarland Express

    • Michael Whitty
    • 4/5/17

    The beginning of the Steven Spielberg theatric films was "The Sugarland Express" which was a good actioner across Texas with cop cars chasing Goldie Hawn and William Atherton. Goldie gets Atherton out of prison to help get their child from an adoption agency. Mostly we see a long line of police cars in pursuit of them. This showed Spielberg's potential of putting action on the screen as he did with his next movie...."Jaws".

  • "Register communists, not firearms"

    • Jeff Boston
    • 7/20/14

    Typical seventies pop-corner with care-free, friendly, felonious "done wrong" leads, obligatory car crashes, and foul language. However, a reasonable person could deem the requisite anti-establishment feel as not anti-law enforcement, but anti-government because of typical agency overreach - a refreshing message due to Hollywood preferring to pump the public sector and pummel the private sector for so long now. Spielberg's first theatrical release has Hawn being Hawn and Johnson being Johnson. It's easy to see why their careers lasted so long by watching this overdone "criminals-are-really-just-like-the-rest-of-us" summer-type ride in which the original promotional poster shown on the TCM website has it that "everyone" was behind Hawn's character in her quacky quest (ridiculous). It's so appropriate that this movie came out between "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Smokey and the Bandit" for it's sort of a cross between the two. Great John Williams score. Mediocre movie.

  • The Sugarland Express (1974)

    • James Higgins
    • 2/1/10

    Terrific cast, Goldie Hawn shows more range than ever before, Ben Johnson is excellent in his subtle way. Fine Steven Spielberg direction. Well edited, and it's a good story. Amusing, touching and tragic. The pace is good too.

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