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The Sugarland Express [DVD] [1974]

Release Date:08/17/2004
Steven Spielberg's feature-film debut, The Sugarland Express, makes its way for the first time to DVD in a questionably thin package from Universal. The film comes with an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen image and a Dolby Digital 2.0 sound option that compliment it nicely, though it could be said that the studio could have done better with both. With a lone trailer as its only extra, the disc feels like a throwaway release -- especially considering the time and effort put into the Duel: Special Edition DVD released the same day. At the very least, the film is now available and in more than decent enough shape, though, given the status of the director, one would expect more than just this.

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    Special Features

    • Trailer


    The Sugarland Express
    Based on an actual incident, Steven Spielberg's first theatrical feature follows the adventures of a Texas outlaw couple striving to keep their family together by any means necessary. Determined not to lose her child to the authorities, Lou Jean Poplin (Goldie Hawn) gets her obedient convict husband Clovis (William Atherton) to break out of jail and help her kidnap their baby from its foster parents. With hostage Officer Slide (Michael Sacks) in tow, the fugitives head across the plains to Sugarland, Texas, pursued by a flotilla of cop cars. Even though Slide becomes the couple's friend, the Law is bent on capturing its criminal quarry. Even though it was greeted with strong reviews, and Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, and Spielberg won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Sugarland Express flopped. The young audience that had embraced the challenging tonal shifts of Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider in the late 1960s was no longer so reliably drawn to narrative uncertainties in 1974. The massive success of Spielberg's next picture, the popcorn thriller Jaws (1975), would confirm his suspicion that downbeat films were no longer the way to popular approval. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Goldie Hawn
      Goldie Hawn - Lou Jean Poplin
    • Ben Johnson
      Ben Johnson - Capt. Tanner
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      Michael Sacks - Officer Slide
    • William Atherton
      William Atherton - Clovis Poplin
    • Gregory Walcott
      Gregory Walcott - Officer Mashburn

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