The Sugarland Express

1974, Drama/Comedy, 1h 49m

48 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Its plot may ape the countercultural road movies of its era, but Steven Spielberg's feature debut displays many of the crowd-pleasing elements he'd refine in subsequent films. Read critic reviews

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Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean (Goldie Hawn) and Clovis Poplin (William Atherton) lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Cast & Crew

Goldie Hawn
Lou Jean Poplin
William Atherton
Clovis Michael Poplin
Ben Johnson
Captain Harlin Tanner
Michael Sacks
Patrolman Maxwell Slide
Gregory Walcott
Patrolman Ernie Mashburn
Steve Kanaly
Patrolman Jessup
Harrison Zanuck
Baby Langston Poplin
A.L. Camp
Mr. Alvin T. Nocker
Hal Barwood
Screenwriter
Matthew Robbins
Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer
Verna Fields
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