The true story of a jail-bait who took on all of Texas...and hardly won.
Having just read 'Easy Riders Raging Bulls' I wanted to see a few of the films of the 70s, some of which I'd never seen before. Sugarland Express is one such - I'm not a fan of Spielberg's at all, and his best film in my view is 'Duel', which was originally made for TV anyway. Sugarland Express demonstrates that he could put together a well-made film, although I must admit I didn't have much sympathy for the main characters. Watchable but forgettable. After this he made Jaws, and the rest is history...
Sugarland Express, The Goldie Hawn and William Atherton kidnap a cop then go on the run in Steven Spielberg's 1974 big screen debut
Although 1971's made-for-TV Duel is widely assumed to be Steven Spielberg's cinematic debut, in fact it was this film, which was released in cinemas a year before Jaws to mild rather than wild acclaim.
A modest road-movie laced with wry comedy and unobtrusive satire, The Sugarland Express lacks the grandeur of Terrence Mallick's Badlands or the intimacy of George Lucas's American Graffitti - two films by Spielberg's peers that it most closely resembles. However Spielberg's economic handling of the action and his precocious visual flair, combined with an effervescent Goldie Hawn, make this a touching lovers-on-the-lam...
Although 1971's made-during-TV Duel is a great extent pre-empted to be Steven Spielberg's cinematic debut, in fact it was this film, which was released in cinemas a year preceding the time when Jaws to tranquil rather than deserted acclaim.
A modest boulevard-cinema laced with off-centre comedy and unpresuming take-off, The Sugarland Express lacks the eminence of Terrence Mallick's Badlands or the intimacy of George Lucas's American Graffitti - two films through Spielberg's peers that it most closely resembles. In whatever way Spielberg's money-making handling of the conduct and his smart visual flair, combined with an effervescent Goldie Hawn, make this a tender lovers-on-the-lam caper that's cunning but not ever contrived, and which avoids the mawkish excess of Spi...
Sugarland Express, The
Essentially comic adventures with a resentful aftertaste, unequivocally stylishly handled.
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