The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express

Goldie Hawn
Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
, Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
, Michael Sacks
Michael Sacks
Steven Spielberg


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Based on an actual incident, Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature follows the adventures of a Texas outlaw couple striving to keep their family together by any means necessary. Determined not to lose her child to the authorities, Lou Jean Poplin (Goldie Hawn) gets her obedient convict husband Clovis (William Atherton) to break out of jail and help her kidnap their baby from its foster parents. With hostage Officer Slide (Michael Sacks) in tow, the fugitives head across the plains to Sugarland, Texas, pursued by a flotilla of cop cars. Even though Slide becomes the couple's friend, the Law is bent on capturing its criminal quarry. Even though it was greeted with strong reviews, and Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, and Spielberg won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Sugarland Express flopped. The young audience that had embraced the challenging tonal shifts of Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider in the late 1960s was no longer so reliably drawn to narrative uncertainties in 1974. The massive success of Spielberg's next picture, the popcorn thriller Jaws (1975), would confirm his suspicion that downbeat films were no longer the way to popular approval.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2015
UPC: 0025192235108
Original Release: 1974
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 20,745

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Goldie Hawn Lou Jean Poplin
Ben Johnson Capt. Tanner
Michael Sacks Officer Slide
William Atherton Clovis Poplin
Gregory Walcott Officer Mashburn
Harrison Zanuck Baby Langston
Buster Denials Drunk
James Harrell Mark Fenno
Kenneth Hudgins Standby
William Scott Station Man
Robert Golden Actor
Steve Kanaly Jessup
Louise Latham Mrs. Looby
A.L. Camp Mr. Nocker
Jessie Lee Fulton Mrs. Nocker
Dean Smith Russ Berry
Ted Grossman Dietz
Bill Thurman Hunter
Guich Koock Hot Jock No. 2
Merrill Connally Looby
Gene Rader Gas Jockey
Gordon Hurst Eddie Becker
Big John Hamilton Big John

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director
Edward M. Abroms Editor
Joseph Alves Art Director
Hal Barwood Screenwriter
Frank Brendel Special Effects
David Brown Producer
John R. Carter Sound/Sound Designer
James Fargo Asst. Director
Verna Fields Editor
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Carey Loftin Stunts
Matthew Robbins Screenwriter
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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