Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1974. Universal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions. Story by Steven Spielberg, Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, Screenplay by Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Joe Alves. Costume Design by Robert Ellsworth, James Gilmore. Film Editing by Edward M. Abroms, Verna Fields. Cannes Film Festival 1974.
Bubbly Goldie Hawn shows up for a visit at husband William Atherton‘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.