The Sugarland Express is a 1974 American drama film starring Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton, and Michael Sacks. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, in his second feature film as a director. It is about a husband and wife trying to outrun the law and was based on a true story. The event partially took place, the story is partially set, and the movie was partially filmed in Sugar Land, Texas.
When the 27-year-old Steven Spielberg arrived at Martha’s Vineyard to film Jaws, he had only one feature film under his belt: a box-office flop called Sugarland Express. Determined to redeem himself, he planned to pack Jaws with adventure, horror, and realism. But from the start, the film had the makings of a disaster.