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|Genre||Drama, DVD Movie, Blu-ray Movie, Action & Adventure|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC|
|Contributor||David Brown, Goldie Hawn, William Atherton, Ben Johnson, Richard Zanuck, Louise Latham, Steven Spielberg, Michael Sacks, Hal Barwood, Gregory Walcott, Matthew Robbins See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 50 minutes|
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The Sugarland Express is based on the true story of Lou Jean Poplin, who kidnapped a Texas State Trooper and led the police on a wild chase across the state in an effort to save her son from adoption. This complex role was enough to lure superstar Goldie Hawn back to the screen after a one-year hiatus following her Oscar-winning performance in Cactus Flower. It also marks the feature film debut of a young, now famous, director, Steven Spielberg.
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 7.56 x 0.67 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 1025581
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : August 17, 2004
- Actors : Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton, Gregory Walcott
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Richard Zanuck, David Brown
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00028HBIE
- Writers : Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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1. Ben Johnson as the lawman with scruples, but at the end of the day he has a job to do. From a technical standpoint as well as acting and directing, imagine what it took in 1972 to do that 360 talking and driving scene.
2. Early 1970's Dodge and Plymouth police cars. Workday machines that no one appreciated at the time and no one collects today. The police versions were stripped down yet had the big engines. At times, Spielberg makes them a character as much as any live actor.
Steven Spielberg has been the cause of hours of amazement and wonder through my life when I was a child. It was not until I discovered some remarkable thinkers that happen to also be directors that his flaws became apparent to me. While his talent, especially for tension, is undeniable he is ultimately a shallow thinker. He will trade realism for emotion or story for a thrill. He will explore the thought provoking provided it doesn't stand in the way of some emotional manipulation. I know this is harsh sounding but sometimes the truth hurts. Take for example the ending of "Sugarland Express." What could have been quite impactful and reflective boiled down to a gun fight and car chase. Spoiler here: what I'm talking about is the end. We have spent the entire time watching this adventure predicated on the safety of the captured officer boil down to aggressive and blind shotgun fire to stop the couple on the lamb at all costs. I suppose we were to forget about the safety of the officer in favor of the heightened danger. I can't go there. I'm fine suspending disbelief but not at the cost of good story telling. At bottom that's what's really wrong with much of Spielberg's work: an emence talent for the camera but a merely okay story teller. Sadly he has been the progenitor of what much of what Hollywood has become. "Sugarland Express" is emblematic of this for me. Lots of skilled camera shots that make one want to watch but it is empty calories. Like candy it's fine for the moment but forgettable when you need the real food. I don't watch movies to be amused. I watch them to think. There are many directors out there willing to accommodate my predilection but Spielberg is not one of them. I apologize for the rant but I feel like he really messed up the end of this film and that bothers me. What is more he messed it up with things that I thought used to be his strengths, and they are, but they are weaknesses to the alert viewer. I'm no longer a child and Hollywood has no purchase in my heart. With this in mind I cannot give "Sugarland Express" more than two stars. I wanted it to be so much more than what it is. When I started this journey I had this one circled because it is exactly the kind of movie I have never made time for. Did I expect too much? Not really. I never made time because the premise is unappealing to me. Imagine my shock when I discovered that the thing that drew me to it was the movie's biggest enemy. If you like over the road movies with a heart you will love this. If you like 70's action such as car crashes, explosions, more car crashes, chases, shoot outs, and another car crash (think the TV series "C.H.I.P.S.") then you have to see this because it is where Spielberg is at his best, although his trademark for tension was missing in this one. Acting was great, music was appropriate although merely okay. This was obviously a big budget film. If the things I'm saying sound pedestrian then I have made my point. Everything for mindless entertainment is here, thinkers stay away. Now before you think I'm a total jerk I want to be clear that there is nothing wrong with movies for amusement, to take a break and escape, to actually turn off your mind. I just CAN'T watch movies that way. It doesn't make me better than anyone else, it is a preference as well as a mode of existence.
-some of Spielberg's signatures are shouted and that was fun to see
-entertaining (sometimes a little slow)
-every character is loveable
-consistent tone: lighthearted
-music was not great, appropriate in that it does not remove you from the film but just not very good.
-some camera work was a little distracting even though it was good. Perhaps Spielberg finding his footing.
-what could have been a powerful ending (and in many ways was) pestered by Hollywood cheap tricks.
I want to go on record and say that I'm not a Spielberg hater. I have defended many of his films. When he plays to his strengths he is awesome. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that my familiarity with him has bread some distain for certain elements of his style.
I'd also like to mention that 1974 is off to a great start so far and I can't wait to see more.
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The movie is superbly made, complete with convincing performances, particularly from the adorable Goldie Hawn.
I just found the movie a little awkward at times, bordering on comedy on one hand, and serious life threatening disaster on the other, and as most movies of this kind - where good intentioned people are hounded by hateful bigots (as in films like EASY RIDER and VANISHING POINT) it is difficult to really enjoy the movie when you feel that a distressing tragic end may be just around the corner. KAN
It tells the story of a woman [a young Goldie Hawn] who breaks out her husband out of prison to rescue their child from being a foster child. They kidnap a state police officer on a long and weird drive across Texas with what seems like dozen of police cruisers following them.
The movie is average and a bit quirky - and maybe shows how dumb the Texas state police [not the Rangers] were really missing a few "screws".
There are no extras except for a trailer that wasn't cleaned up. Transfer to Blu-ray was good but not great.