The Sugarland Express

Film, Comedy
Steven Spielberg movies, Sugarland Express

Time Out says

Fugitive couple (Hawn, Atherton) plus kidnapped cop (Sacks) and patrol car take on police chief Ben Johnson and an ever-growing caravan of assorted cars, newsmen, sightseers and wide-boys out for a shoot-up in an across-Texas chase caper that has its protagonists overtaken by events beyond their control and comprehension. Despite the obvious similarity to the Roadrunner cartoon that appears at one point - both as a comedy and in the casually destructive violence employed - Spielberg's first feature for the big screen also touches on many aspects of American life and cinema: the role of the media, the matriarchal society, consumer possession, the decline of the American hero, and the increasing depersonalisation of everything. A beautifully put together, assured film.

Details

Release details

Duration:
110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter:
Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
Cast:
Goldie Hawn
Ben Johnson
Michael Sacks
William Atherton
Gregory Walcott
Steve Kanaly
Louise Latham