The Sugarland Express (1974) Flash Review

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Released: May 29th, 1974

Genre: Drama, Crime

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, Steven Spielberg

Cast: Goldie Hawn, Michael Sacks


A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son, but (somehow) things go awry.


The Sugarland Express is often forgotten when speaking of Spielberg’s career. This is understandable as it isn’t his strongest film. However, the efforts of the cast, particularly Goldie Hawn make it still a film worth visiting. It is inspired by actual events, but the fictional elements make it stick. The tearing apart of the family and the various social obstacles in the way once again appear in Speilberg’s work. This isn’t by accident and comes from some personal tribulations in his life that are then blended into the film. Something that many of the best directors of all time have done.

Steven Spielberg Ladder

Duel (1971)

The Sugarland Express (1974)

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