Mother, Jugs and Speed (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mother, Jugs and Speed (1976)

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Movie Info

Three ambulance workers--Mother (Bill Cosby), Jugs (Raquel Welch) and Speed (Harvey Keitel)--try to rejuvenate their nearly bankrupt company.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

Bill Cosby
as Mother
Allen Garfield
as Harry Fishbine
Larry Hagman
as Murdoch
L.Q. Jones
as Davey
Dick Butkus
as Rodeo
Milt Kamen
as Barney
Barra Grant
as Miss Crocker
Valerie Curtin
as Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott
as Harvey
Bill Henderson
as Charles Taylor
Toni Basil
as Addict
Eddie Mills
as Addict's Doctor
Edwin Mills
as Addict's Doctor
Erica Hagen
as Massage Girl
Charles Knapp
as Man With Zipper
Linda Geray
as Pregnant Woman
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Critic Reviews for Mother, Jugs and Speed

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

If you don't go expecting a lot, you might find the film makes for a half-evening's worth of laidback diversion.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Parallax View

Raunchy ambulance comedy wavers between jocular fun, misplaced melodrama, and morbid stupidity.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

An entirely OK 70s ride, better, perhaps, in retrospect.

September 24, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The nightly travails of an ambulance crew stand in for the bigotry, fear, and paranoia of a nation in flux.

Full Review… | June 20, 2004
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Mother, Jugs and Speed

½

An engaging, very funny black comedy gem from the mid 70s, expertly directed by the late Peter Yates. It concerns a privately owned ambulance company called the F&B ambulance company, and there intense competition with their rival the Unity ambulance company for a contract with City of Los Angeles. Bill Cosby steals the film outright with his hilarious performance as "Mother", the streetwise seen-it-all EMT, who is forced to partner up with a shady suspended cop nick-named "Speed", nicely played by Harvey Keitel, and the smoking hot "Jugs," the radio dispatcher who has high aspirations of becoming the first women driver and EMT, played wonderfully by the super sexy and sultry Raquel Welch, special kudos must go to the superb character actor Allen Garfield for his memorable comic performance, as Harry Fishbine the neurotic and money-hungry owner of the F & B ambulance company, and the excellent Larry Hagman, as Murdoch a sleazy, oversexed ambulance driver. The supporting all deliver marvelous performances they included L.Q. Jones, Bruce Davidson, Dick Butkus, Miilt Kamen, Barra Grant, Allan Warnick, and Valerie Curtin. Great music soundtrack with many songs from the period, A cool, raunchy film that is an intelligent mix of slapstick and drama. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

This movie can't decide what it is. Is it a comedy? Is it a social drama? Is it a romance? An interesting concept I knew nothing about executed terribly. It's about the way ambulance services and emergency medical care were provided and were changing in the 70's. Cosby tries to be funny and has the nickname Mother because he is the responsible one in a crew of ambulance drivers and EMTs. Welch is nicknamed Jugs and is fighting for women's lib. And Keitel is nicknamed Speed. It's hard to tell if he is a bad boy or a reformed good guy looking for a new life, but chances are he's looking for that second chance.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

This was a good classic Saturday Morning matinee movie. This movie shows the humorous and tragic side on how tough it is to be an ambulance employee. See it...it is a classic.

Fascade Fiveoneeight
Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

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