The Sugarland Express

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Released 1974

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1974
Rating:
PG
The Sugarland Express is a 1974 film about a young Texas couple on the run trying to keep their family together. Lou Jean Poplin (Goldie Hawn) is a former convict who finds out that her two-year-old son is going to be placed up for adoption. Outraged, Lou Jean breaks her husband Clovis out of jail even though he doesn't think it is very good idea. No matter, Lou Jean presses ahead and the couple eventually hijack a police patrol car and kidnap the officer, Patrolman Slide (Michael Sacks). This starts a chain of events that eventually leads to a slow speed chase across the Texas highways with over 200 vehicles following the young couple. Crowds greet them on the side of the road as television crews scramble to capture the spectacle. Eventually, though, a police stake out awaits Lou Jean and Clovis at the end of the line. The Sugarland Express is based on a real life Texas incident in 1969 and is the first feature film from director Steven Spielberg.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times

    The movie has a casual craziness that seems especially native.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If the movie finally doesn't succeed, that's because Spielberg has paid too much attention to all those police cars (and all the crashes they get into), and not enough to the perso...

  • 60

    Variety

    Unfortunately, the film degenerates in final reels to heavy-handed social polemic and sound-and-fury shootout.

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