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Mother, Jugs & Speed [DVD] [1976]

Release Date:03/09/2004
Mother, Jugs & Speed is not Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel as The Mod Squad, the TV series from 1968. Picture a light-hearted version of Martin Scorsese's 1999 film Bringing Out The Dead with a little of 1982's Night Shift thrown in for good measure. Harvey Keitel from Scorsese's 1973 flick, Mean Streets, adds to the mix of great talents not being given a decent theme or script as Director/Producer Peter Yates walks through this sexist 1970s ode to movie making overindulgence and excess. The more subdued scenes with Larry Hagman, Keitel, Welch and certainly Cosby prove that, like Myra Breckinridge, pouring a ton of talent into a project that misfires is never a good idea. The future J.R. Ewing as an ambulance driver is...interesting... but Hagman leans more towards his I Dream Of Jeannie role here than the one which made him a legend. Allen Garfield is as overbearing and obnoxious in this outing as he was for a similar role in Beverly Hills Cop II eleven years later, and that's the very same problem with Mother, Jugs & Speed as a whole, over the top when a more serious tone would've made it something special.

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    Special Features

    • Teaser trailer
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Spanish trailer
    • TV Spot
    • "Raquel Welch Theater" (15 Minutes)
    • Closed Captioned


    Mother, Jugs & Speed
    In this frantic black comedy, Harry Fishbine (Allen Garfield) is the proprietor of the F&B Ambulance Service, a low-budget free-lance rescue service which is struggling to keep up with the bigger and better funded competition after a law in Los Angeles decrees that the first ambulance to arrive at the scene of a distress call gets the job. F&B's best driver is Mother (Bill Cosby), a free-wheeling ambulance jockey who likes to drink beer and play dance music while he makes his rounds. Mother's new assistant is Speed (Harvey Keitel), a former cop who left the force after allegations of drug use; Speed is looking for a new career and a chance to prove himself. And Jugs is the accurate-if-sexist nickname for Jennifer (Raquel Welch), the company secretary who wants to get out from behind the desk and prove her skills as a paramedic. As F&B's drivers race through the streets of Hollywood, their adventures veer between the hilarious and the tragic. Mother, Jugs and Speed also features Larry Hagman, Dick Butkus, Bruce Davison, and L.Q. Jones. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Raquel Welch
      Raquel Welch - Jugs
    • Bill Cosby
      Bill Cosby - Mother
    • Harvey Keitel
      Harvey Keitel - Speed
    • Allen Garfield
      Allen Garfield - Harry Fishbine
    • Larry Hagman
      Larry Hagman - Murdoch

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