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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 May 1976 (USA)
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Competition between privately owned Los Angeles, California ambulance companies is played for humor.

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Peter Yates

Writers:

Stephen Manes (story), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Mother
Raquel Welch ... Jugs
Harvey Keitel ... Speed
Allen Garfield ... Harry Fishbine
Larry Hagman ... Murdoch
L.Q. Jones ... Davey
Bruce Davison ... Leroy
Dick Butkus ... Rodeo
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Barney
Barra Grant ... Miss Crocker
Allan Warnick ... Bliss
Valerie Curtin ... Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott Ric Carrott ... Harvey
Severn Darden ... Moran
Bill Henderson ... Charles Taylor
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Storyline

Los Angeles, California: A new law says that the first ambulance that arrives at an accident obtains the contract to transport the injured person. The result is ruthless competition between several companies. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The F & B Ambulance Co. is looking for a few good men... but they will take any body they can get. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Producer and Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz was at a party at Natalie Wood's house, when he met Peter Yates, who had directed Bullitt (1968) with Steve McQueen. When asked what his next project might be, Yates said he'd love to do a comedy with some "bite" to it. Mankiewicz got a copy of this movie's script out of the trunk of his car, and Yates agreed to read it on his transatlantic flight home to England. Yates called Mankiewicz the next morning and said, "Let's do it." See more »

Goofs

When "Mother" injects the "hangover cure" into the massage parlor girl, you can see him flip the syringe around as he hits her behind. See more »

Quotes

Mother: [talking into ambulance radio] Tell Harry...
[belches]
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Dad (2014) See more »

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California Girls
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Performed by The Beach Boys
Written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson
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An attempt to remake "M*A*S*H"
12 October 2006 | by jconder45See all my reviews

In a domestic, peacetime context, and it's partially successful. The same existential, near-nihilistic ethos (competency is pretty much the only acknowledged value) as that in "M*A*S*H" pervades here. Bill Cosby is basically a black Hawkeye Pierce. Despite several nods to 70's feminism, the "Jugs" character is basically another Lt. Dish. And Larry Hagman's character is a straight knock-off of Frank Burns, with male chauvinism substituted for religious fundamentalism. Nevertheless, many of the gags and much of the dialogue are (usually darkly) hilarious. The film does convey the tragi-comic atmosphere of the inner city, much like Scorcese's "Bringing Out the Dead." The acting is generally superb.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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