The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express

Steven Spielberg (1974)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Truncated for general release in the UK, this marvellously constructed chase movie from a young Steven Spielberg is here presented in its complete form. Based on real events, it's the tale of young couple Clovis and Lou, who are heading for Sugarland, Texas, pursued by the police. On paper, the couple are not particularly likeable, but as played by Goldie Hawn and William Atherton they're funny and sympathetic, even when they capture patrolman Michael Sacks and hold him hostage. The set pieces are beautifully handled, grizzled veteran Ben Johnson is watchable as the head cop on their tail, and, looking back, it's clear that Spielberg already held all the aces and knew how to deal them.


A distraught mother persuades her incarcerated husband to break out of prison and help her take their baby out of foster care. However, their plan misfires and they end up running from the law across Texas with a state trooper as a hostage. Steven Spielberg's drama, with Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson and William Atherton.

Cast & Crew

Lou Jean Poplin Goldie Hawn
Captain Tanner Ben Johnson (1)
Officer Maxwell Slide Michael Sacks
Clovis Poplin William Atherton
Officer Mashburn Gregory Walcott
Jessup Steve Kanaly
Mrs Looby Louise Latham
Baby Langston Harrison Zanuck
Mr Nocker AL Camp
Mrs Nocker Jessie Lee Fulton
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray