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The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express

1974
Drama
Crime
1h 50m
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Avg Percentile 51.59% from 485 total ratings

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Rated 15 Nov 2014
78
71st
It feels weird to see the guy who embodies the best of the Hollywood mainstream still learning his craft. But Goldie Hawn delivers an absolutely inimitable performance and Spielberg cannily relies on the landscapes to tell the rest of the story. Although Spielberg would achieve astronomically greater heights in his career, this film still has enough heart to stand side-by-side with some of his later work.
Rated 10 Sep 2022
76
50th
For better and worse, it's difficult to view this outside of its context as Spielberg's debut; it finds him not quite able to balance the broader moments with the more sentimental, humanistic ones, making the film feel like a watered down BONNIE & CLYDE that's been invaded by THE CANNONBALL RUN. It's still a fun ride, with Sacks perking things up thanks to his sparky moments with the two stars; stabs at social commentary ala ACE IN THE HOLE fall flat. What a beautiful end credits scene!
Rated 22 Mar 2024
58
28th
As a concept it is just the kind of movie I like: car chases, road trip moods, Bonnie & Clyde -kind of stuff with night-time gas stations and dusty roads to discover. The main issues with Sugarland Express are the pacing and the characters, though. It meanders on and doesn't really manage to gain that tension of the chase but for a few rare moments. We don't learn anything about the characters apart from them wanting their kid back and there's very little reason to care for them.
Rated 02 Feb 2020
65
52nd
some real good cinematography and directing, story sorta dull and overlong tho
Rated 09 Feb 2021
45
16th
It's an impressive debut and proof that some people are natural with camera - also that even if you're one of the bests behind a camera and perfectly block a scene you could still be a boring director.
Rated 11 Aug 2011
90
80th
Spielberg's first feature film is quite good and his talent is obvious from the get go.
Rated 28 Jul 2014
80
65th
This seems more like a Coen Brothers movie than a Spielberg one. Through the manic humour permeating from the beginning, there is an uneasy dread as you just know it's impossible to end well. Some really creative and interesting shots. It's kind of surprising this isn't talked about all that much.
Rated 28 Sep 2020
90
52nd
Finally got to see this one. Spielberg's first feature film. Excellent crime drama and one of Goldie Hawn's best performances.
Rated 12 Dec 2012
75
40th
Interestingly enough, this early film is one of Spielberg's most flawless blending of sentiment and drama. Add some wonderful cinematography and interesting political commentary and you got a movie worthy of the masterful director that Spielberg would become; here, still young and unsure of himself yet with an undeniable talent behind a camera.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
88
93rd
Spielberg's best movie to date.
Rated 07 Jun 2023
75
91st
Certainly from the director of Duel, with all these cars getting up to various things on dusty Texas highways. It's a land of absurdities: our hopelessly thick protagonists, the local roadside color, overeager lawmen real and self-fancied, the media circus, the actual circus, and on and on. How well does the ending hit after all that? I'm not sure, but it was an interesting trip. Ben Johnson's second billing is well-earned: it's a nuanced burden to play the one sane man in this world.
Rated 08 Jan 2013
80
64th
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Rated 28 Aug 2016
70
72nd
Stevie shoots the hell of this story of two bad parents that choose to just get their child no matter what is costs -- hundreds of policemen after them in a patient, long car chase through Texas and a public status that go from complete anonymity to roadside attraction to folks that believe they must go forward to get their baby Langston. Not a Spielberg first tier, but still a hell of well-shot and entertaining ride -- it drags curiously when the couple befriends the patrol driver.
Rated 14 Apr 2024
70
74th
A mother's struggle. This was the film that really established Spielberg as a name to watch. Actually a bit of a trifle, but also a very sincere drama with a well-played Goldie Hawn, she was made for this kind of role.
Rated 29 Mar 2018
82
70th
Em honra de Louise Latham actor (1922 - 2018). Ano do Centenário de Ben Johnson filme #1. Único filme clássico do Spielberg que ainda não tinha visto, simplesmente por se situar nos anos 70 já o faz um grande filme, tem alguma coisa com aquela década que nenhuma outra atingiu, um teor de cool inigualável para o cinema. Surpresa com um papel simpático do Atherton, já que nos anos 80 ele se caracterizaria como um tipo dos mais insuportáveis nos filmes que participava. BlurayRip Yify.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
70
82nd
Great film.
Rated 29 Jan 2020
75
38th
This one makes good use of cuts and sounds but the overall feel is lacking in excitement.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
74
52nd
73.625
Rated 08 Sep 2023
80
68th
Spielberg's first real theatrical feature is good, but never truly great. You can definitely tell that he's a talented director, and he gets great performances out of all the leads, but you can tell that suburban nice boy Spielberg never completely connects with the rebellious lovers-on-the-run genre. Despite a really downbeat ending (that feels a little abrupt), this is really too nice a film to be a great one. One of the real highlights is Vilmos Zsigmond's beautifully muted cinematography.
Rated 28 Mar 2018
91
77th
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.
Rated 06 Sep 2012
82
58th
Spielberg's first. Not great, but good and entertaining. That's enough.
Rated 28 May 2013
80
90th
Miss Hawn, I'm impressed.
Rated 26 Jul 2014
31
19th
So many cars, and nothing original to say about them.
Rated 15 Jun 2010
89
93rd
Great 70's nostalgia piece. Goldie Hawn is good albeit annoying but William Atherton steals the show. Think: Speilberg does "Raising Arizona".
Rated 22 Jun 2007
88
81st
Surprisingly excellent! Seriously, this is some good shit. Entertaining and suspenseful and funny and sad...all that stuff.
Rated 13 May 2015
7
49th
For his first foray onto the silver screen, Spielberg tells a somewhat familiar tale of two lovers on the run against the law, but the relationship between the two leads and the cop they drag along on their misadventure is genuinely touching.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
75
30th
Spielberg takes the vacant desert of his tense, spare debut film Duel and fills it with a Looney Tunes parade of used-car lots, drive-ins, diners and a detained, eccentric force. Like so many things in Texas, it doesn't seem that believable. It happened in '69, and the young couple garnered a lot of support from the people. More like Natural Born Killers than Bonnie & Clyde, the lovers on the lam find brief sanctuary from their Looney Tunes world by watching Looney Tunes in a camper.
Rated 13 Dec 2017
74
56th
The tale may be familiar, but the execution is far from it. An audacious debut from Spielberg that hits hard from a technical aspect. Impressive.

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