The Sugarland Express (1974)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions.  Story by Steven Spielberg, , , Screenplay by Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

Bubbly Goldie Hawn shows up for a visit at husband ‘s prison and announces that she’s going to break him out. She’s found out where their daughter is living in foster care and is insistent on getting her and putting their little family back together again. When they resort to kidnapping a police officer and stealing his car for transportation, they inspire a media circus obsessed with their Bonnie And Clyde-style trek across the country. Hawn gives one of her most deeply felt performances in this feature debut by future blockbuster filmmaker Steven Spielberg, playing a woman who on the surface seems flighty but is actually a heartbroken mother who resorts to desperate measures put her life back in order. The characters are brought to life with genuine feeling, and the screenplay is rich with detailed observation.

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Screenplay

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