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Sugarland Express

William Atherton in "The Sugarland Express" (1974). DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg.

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The Sugarland Express (1974)

The Sugarland Express (1974) (Cinemax) - ***** Goldie Hawn, directed by Steven Spielberg


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.[1] 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.