The Sugarland Express


(out of 5)

Bubbly 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.

Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions

USA, 1974

Directed by 

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 ,

Cannes Film Festival 1974

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