Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

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Three outlaws hit the road until the road hits back in this supercharged action thriller. Larry (Peter Fonda) is a stock car driver whose reckless nature has caused him a long run of bad luck. Larry and his friend and mechanic Deke (Adam Roarke) need money if they're to get a new car and get back in competition, so they map out a plan to hold up a grocery store after 150,000 dollars has been dropped off for payroll and working cash. The heist goes as planned, except for one little hitch -- Larry spent the night before with his occasional girlfriend Mary (Susan George), and she has planted herself in Larry's car and isn't about to budge. With Mary along for the ride, Larry and Deke try to outrun the cops and make their way to freedom, though lawman Franklin (Vic Morrow) is determined to shut them down. Much loved by both gearheads and action film fans for its hair-raising stunt work and solid performances from the leading cast, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry was a surprise box-office hit in 1974, grossing nearly 30 million dollars in its initial release. Roddy McDowall appears uncredited as the manager of the supermarket. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating:
PG (adult situations)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Cast

Peter Fonda
as Larry
Vic Morrow
as Franklin
Kenneth Tobey
as Sheriff Donahue
Roddy McDowall
as Stanton
Lynn Borden
as Evelyn
Janear Hines
as Millie
Elizabeth James
as Dispatcher
Edna MacAfee
as Seller at Swapmeet
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Critic Reviews for Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

What little narrative or characterization shows up on screen could barely fill an abridged short story.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The script, about small-timers who wished they were bigger, is soon totally undermined by Fonda's most complacent performance to date and Susan George's sub-Goldie Hawn antics.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is so bereft of emotion and so full of physical movement that it's possible this is a point that John Hough, the director, and the screenwriters wanted to make. It's a very small point to be made by such a noisy picture.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

... a cult classic of seventies speed cinema, where car chase and stunt films were really about rubber hitting-and leaving-the road.

Full Review… | August 16, 2016
Seanax.com

I'd write this one off as a film wreck.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While this may sound simplistic, there's more to the film than simple American Heist and Chase thriller, of the Dukes of Hazzard style.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit in this 70's era car chase notable for real stunt work and "f**k authority!" aesthetics. Get yer teenage rebellion groove on.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

What the film lacks in terms of character development and logic, it makes up for in its devotion to spectacular automobile mayhem. The sensation that the cars are actually driving at an intense speed is conveyed by the bobbing of the camera as it tries to keep the actors' faces in frame while shooting inside the moving vehicle. What's the movie about? Outlaws on the run, ditzy hitch-hiker, pursuing lawman who does things his own way, battle of wits, a helicopter and a train. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

½

Such a fun and entertaining movie. Great car chase(s) and fun performances. Even parts snappy and painful dialogue. It started off kind of grim but soon got enjoyably ridiculous. Deke was awesome and Peter Fonda was cool. Not Captain America (Easy Rider) cool, but still cool even if he drives NASCAR. Susan George was cute enough, but Mary was kind of annoying and those teeth were frightening. Vic Morrow was a crackhead and the Roddy McDowell cameo was nice too. I know the ending is supposed to be this big shocker but it just kind of made me laugh. A fun watch regardless.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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