The Sugarland Express

1974

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Drama

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 13268

Synopsis


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Cast

Goldie Hawn as Lou Jean Sparrow Poplin
William Atherton as Clovis Michael Poplin
Ben Johnson as Captain Harlan Tanner
Dean Jones as Policeman at Football Game
720p.BLU
815.46 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 50 min
P/S 3 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jimbo-53-186511 4 / 10

For a road movie, The Sugarland Express is surprisingly pedestrian

Lou-Jean (Goldie Hawn)visits her husband in prison with the sole intention of helping him escape from prison. Lou-Jean informs her husband Clovis (William Atherton) that she has lost custody of their son and asks her husband to assist her in kidnapping their son from his foster parents. Initially, the plan is working until they take a police officer hostage...

Based on a true story, The Sugarland Express starts out quite fun and Spielberg gives the film a mostly light-hearted and playful touch to it which makes it moderately enjoyable. Unfortunately, the screenplay does little to develop the main characters making them rather one-dimensional, thinly-drawn and rather uninteresting as people. Presumably this is intended as part road-movie and part character-study, but it isn't fun enough to be classed as a good road-movie (a lot of the film sees the couple being followed round Texas very slowly which hardly makes for an exciting picture). It also fails as a character study because there is precious little to study - the film occasionally mentions the state determining that Lou-Jean is a bad parent and her argument to the contrary, but this is never really explored or given any focus which is a shame because this probably would have made the narrative that bit more involving.

Later in the film, there is almost a Stockholm syndrome scenario developing between the kidnapped cop and the couple which again was an interesting direction to take the story in, but again it never really developed into anything; in fact this aspect of the story started out interesting and grew more and more ridiculous as it progressed...

The Sugarland Express isn't all bad and does have a few good points about it; Goldie Hawn once again puts on a good show and is great fun to watch here, the supporting cast are all OK, but Hawn easily outshines everyone. The film also has some amusing moments - the car being pushed to the petrol station was one such example.

Whilst it starts out well, unfortunately The Sugarland Express has already stretched its thin plot beyond breaking point by the midway point in the film and it starts to become repetitive, tedious and a tad boring. The Sugarland Express once again proves that having Steven Spielberg's name against a film isn't always a cast-iron guarantee of a good quality film.

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 8 / 10

A minor classic!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film. Fellow fans of Steven Spielberg advised me to see "Sugarland Express," so I bought the DVD. I'm glad I did it as it is one of Spielberg's best. He should have made films more along the lines of "Duel," "Jaws" and the above film. Being based upon a true story is a Feather in the films cap. The two main characters - played by Goldie Hawn and William Atherton - are very sympathetic in spite of their circumstances. She is planning to find their baby boy so they can be re-united. He is a convict serving a light sentence. They both help his breaking out of jail and after taking a police officer hostage, they lead the police of Texas on a state wide chase. The wife and her convict husband race against time so they can find their son. This has thoughtful moments and it isn't a hard- hitting film. There is some violence but it's fairly mild and minimal. The pace is good and the tension is sustained throughout. Ben Johnson does well as one of the senior police officers who leads the Dragnet. He is a tough man but he isn't totally lacking in compassion. The direction is some of the best from Steven Spielberg.

Reviewed by jbirks106 2 / 10

If this silly movie had been directed

by someone not named Spielberg, it would have been consigned to the obscurity it so richly deserves. Audience would see it as the totally implausible movie it is. I know, it's based on a true story, but I can't believe this movie is very faithful to the facts of the actual case. It certainly isn't true to the cinematic tenet that a story and its characters must be internally consistent.

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