Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 113
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 113

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A 'Express' extremely well done By James F. Dent "THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS," Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson. Capitol. * * * Based on an actual event which happened in 1969 in Texas, "The Sugarland Express" is a funny, sad, violent, bloody chase movie- cum social document which begins in slapstick and ends in pathos. It is extremely well done and it is easily Goldie Hawn's best performance to date, putting to permanent rest"her giddy "Laugh In"-4mage. Here Misss-Hawn plays a near illiterate ^petty thief, recently released from a women's prison' who forces her husband--also a small time crook -- to escape from a pre-release prison farm where he has only a month left to serve because she is singie-mindedly determined to reclaim their baby who has been put out for adoption. The couple kidnap a Texas highway patrolman and holding him hostage in his own police car they begin a wild 500 mile flight across the state. In close pursuit -- right behind, as a matter of fact, in an every lengthening parade -- is a constantly growing pack of lawmen, reporters and the .just plain curious. In charge of the police is a veteran captain (played by that excellent, Oscar winning character actor, Ben Johnson) who is not only trying to get the kidnapers to surrender quietly, but also to control the trigger happy tendencies of his men. "I've been on the force 18 years, he tells one of his lieutenants, "and I haven't killed anybody yet. That's the way I'd like to keep it." But fate is acting against him. Johnson is about the .only sane, decent voice to be heard in the ever expanding circus that is developing around the fleeing young couple. The greater part of the public is uncritically, even slobberingly, admiring of the pair, especially Miss Hawn. Gapingi [throngs surround the stolen car as it passes through the small, towns, ranchers wave from the roadside,- people cheer, CIM.M V / j lOOgQuarrierSt. 346-0041 RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21 and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday 1UM thru 11 00PM Film Review throw gifts, take pictures, demand autographs and souvenirs. But there are others too -vigilantes who are ready to gun down the fugitives as well as any innocent bystanders who happen to be in the way. In one frightening scene, Miss Hawn, her husband and the captured policeman are trapped by a pair of wild men on a used car lot and the ensuing gun battle leaves dozens of cars smoking, bullet pocked ruins. . Besides Miss Hawn and Johnson, the cast features William Atherton as the young husband -- essentially a good natured, easily led, not too bright fellow who suddenly finds himself with a gun in his hand and a growing forboding that the whole episode will end in horror -and Michael Sacks as the equally young kidnaped policeman, a stiff, by-the-book officer whose book didn't cover the hijacking of his patrol car and his own kidnap- ing. Little by little, the kidnapers and the kidnaped are drawn together by the common bonds of age and shared experience. There is, as I said, a Keystone Kop mood at the start of the chase as the lunatic pursuit gets underway. It NOW SHOWING X-RATED-ADUITS ONLY I Union Projectionists A YOUNG BRIDE... LEFT ALONE TO THE LEWD PASSIONS OF AN EVIL DWARF PRESENTS · lib w-, £f^,~'- SINFUL IWARF WHAT WAS THE TBOTNG SECRET OF THE ATTIC?! WARNING-' Not Recommended forpeople w.tfi weak hearts' ADMISSION RESTRICTED · Color I ,., mi SPARROW · ««...«i»i TORBEN .1 THE DWARF I ,,,,, WIUIAM MAYO · ........ VIDAL 8ASKI · _A BOXOFFICf INTERNATIONAL PICTURES. INC. Rtltase ·····9MHBI ALSO SHOWING 'BELOW THE BELT" winds into a small service station where a goggle eyed manager tries vainly to collect payment from dozens of police'cars whose drivers keep telling him to "see the captain." Miss Hawn directs the holdup of another service station, but money isn't her object. She takes trading stamps -- yards of them -and she's going to use them to furnish a nursery for her baby. A police trap is narrowly averted at a comfort stop and the fugitives listen intently to radio coverage of their exploits (the young patrolman being visibly disappointed when his name isn't given on the broadcast "pending notification of next of kin") and are upset with their pictures in the newspapers.-"You look more like a VIRGINIAN crook than I do," the husband tells their policeman prisoner, studying the photographs. "I know," the patrolman groans. "It's an academy picture and that place is worse than prison." The movie's characters become people -- we care about what happens to them -- and this is a tribute not only to their skill, but also that of their director, Steven Spielberg. Spielberg artfully keeps his film moving, nicely balancing the edge of seat suspense and the pratfalls. Vilmos Zsigmond's camera work is great, especially those shots of the miles-long, creeping line of police cars, their roof lights turning and blinking. It's a good -- a very good -- movie. 705 Le3 Street/343-1125 LAST SEE AT 2:15 3 DAYS! 4:45,7:30,9:45 1 ft ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS I Up Including BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR · BEST ACTRESS · BEST DIRECTOR VWIIAM PETER BUTTY'S THE EXORCIST WEEKDAY FEATURES AT 7:30,9:45 The True Story of the Two Cops Callttd Batman and Robin STARRING WEST VIRGINIA'S OWN DAVID SELBY 1:30-3:15-5:15 7:15-9:15 / 3443676 ! Plaza E£ cinemns I 2 Mel Brooks' Moi frti ol Woih / from the people who gave you "The Jazz Singer" 1:30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30 EXCITING FILM...BADLANDS IS HUGELY EFFECTIVE. A SMASH." Walnut Grove Drive In IT'S THE MURDER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD AND THE BIGGEST BLACK RIP-OFF OF THE DECADE It's sonna get solved... or the town's gonna explode. 9:40 PANAV1SION" -COLOR OWENS DRIVE IN "SEDUCTION OF INGA" (X) "MAN FROM O.R.G.Y." (R) "TEENAGE MOTHER" (PG) FLEA MARKET Owens Drive-In Theatre Every Sat. Sun. Open 10:00 to 6:00 AIIAdm. 50 VILLAGE 2ND WEEK TIMES 7:00-9:30 Mormet Theatre 2 BIG HITS "GEORGE" "LAS VEGAS HILLBILLY'S" Box Office Opens 1:45 A PARAMOUNT RELEASE DINO OE LAURENTOS presents 199 Color by TECHNICOLOR' A Paramount Releas ·nj Original Sognchrdck Album -**·! w Paramount Records w*d Tapes ·ss- CAPITOI TIMES 2:00 4:00 2ND WEEK 7:30 9:30 A girl with a great following: Every cop in the state was after her. Everybody else was behind her. BANNED IN 19 COUNTRIES! w JH *-«^.d oeviL I GATES OPEN | AT 8:30 PM "POLICEWOMEN" STARTS 9:05 CROWN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES presents ELKVIEW DRIVE-IN £ I K V I f W W V , "SUPERCHICK" STARTS 11:00 COLD STEEL ON THE OUTSIDE ...ALL WOMAN ON THE INSIDE! si.»»cSONORA CURRIE · TONY YOUNG i;TM-; MARILYN I. TENSER ,,,,,,,,, LEE FROST 8 WES BISHOP DI. WES BISHOP ·tninioi. LEE FROST A SABER PRODUCTION A CROWN ^ INTERNATIONAL PICTURES RELEASE * -- · P L U S * -- * "SUPERCHICK" IN COLOR RATED R CHARLESTON, W..VA.. 13s . !·,.·,'·'· .': , ', .. ':'. 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