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The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express (1974)

Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Plot Keywords: prison, stadium, texas, hostage, kidnapping, adoption, baby-snatching, texas ranger, police, road trip, based on a true story, vulgarity, convicted felon

DirectorSteven Spielberg
WritersSteven Spielberg, Matthew Robbins, Matthew Robbins, Hal Barwood, Hal Barwood
Production CompaniesUniversal Pictures, Zanuck/Brown Productions
Production CountryUnited States of America
Spoken LanguageEnglish

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