The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Every cop in the state was after her. Everybody else was behind her.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1974-04-05
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 178 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin 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.

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  • Goldie Hawn

    as Lou Jean Poplin
  • Ben Johnson

    as Captain Harlin Tanner
  • Michael Sacks

    as Patrolman Maxwell Slide
  • William Atherton

    as Clovis Michael Poplin
  • Gregory Walcott

    as Patrolman Ernie Mashburn
  • Steve Kanaly

    as Patrolman Jessup
  • Louise Latham

    as Mrs. Looby
  • Harrison Zanuck

    as Baby Langston Poplin
  • A.L. Camp

    as Mr. Nocker
  • Jessie Lee Fulton

    as Mrs. Nocker
  • Dean Smith

    as Russ Berry
  • Ted Grossman

    as Dietz
  • Bill Thurman

    as Hunter
  • Buster Daniels

    as Buster Daniels
  • James N. Harrell

    as Mark Fenno
  • Frank Steggall

    as Logan Waters
  • Roger Ernest

    as Hot Jock #1
  • Guich Koock

    as Hot Jock #2
  • Merrill Connally

    as Mr. Vern Looby
  • Gene Rader

    as Gas Jockey
  • Gordon Hurst

    as Hubie Nocker
  • George Hagy

    as Mr. Sparrow
  • Big John Hamilton

    as Big John
  • Kenneth Crone

    as Deputy
  • Charles Conaway

    as Attorney
  • Robert Golden

    as Dybala's Kid
  • Rudy Robbins

    as Mechanic
  • Charlie Dobbs

    as Local Cop
  • Gene Lively

    as Reporter
  • John L. Quinlan III

    as Bailiff
  • Ralph E. Horwedel

    as Dispatcher
  • Edwin 'Frog' Isbell

    as Jelly Bowl
  • James Robert Allen

    as D.P.S. Officer
  • Marianna Clore Blase

    as Waitress
  • Richard Bright

    as Marvin Dybala
Sound John Williams Original Music Composer
Sound John Williams Conductor
Directing Steven Spielberg Director
Writing Steven Spielberg Story
Production Mike Fenton Casting
Editing Jeff Gourson Assistant Editor
Production Richard D. Zanuck Producer
Production David Brown Producer
Editing Verna Fields Editor
Art Joe Alves Art Direction
Sound John R. Carter Sound
Crew Ted Grossman Stunts
Camera Vilmos Zsigmond Director of Photography
Crew Carey Loftin Stunt Coordinator
Production Shari Rhodes Casting
Writing Matthew Robbins Screenplay
Writing Matthew Robbins Story
Writing Hal Barwood Screenplay
Writing Hal Barwood Story
Production William S. Gilmore Unit Production Manager
Production William S. Gilmore Production Executive
Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
Camera Nick McLean First Assistant Camera
Sound Robert L. Hoyt Sound
Directing James Fargo First Assistant Director
Sound Dennis C. Salcedo Sound Recordist
Editing Edward M. Abroms Editor
Camera John J. Connor Assistant Camera
Crew Dale van Sickel Stunts
Crew Ted Duncan Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Susan Germaine Hairstylist
Camera Sven Walnum Camera Operator
Sound Toots Thielemans Musician
Directing Tom Joyner Second Assistant Director
Crew Frank Brendel Special Effects
Directing Ulla Bourne Script Supervisor
Camera Jack L. Richards Camera Operator
Art Bill Dietz Property Master
Lighting James O. Blair Gaffer
Crew Mike Fenton Carpenter
Crew Max Balchowsky Stunts
Crew Patty Elder Stunts
Camera Robert Moore Key Grip
Crew Al Perry Generator Operator
Costume & Make-Up Robert Ellsworth Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up James Gilmore Costume Design
Crew Roy D. Smith Unit Publicist