Based on the film of the same name, this TV comedy series focused on the drivers of the privately owned L.A. ambulance company, "F and B"; longtime driver, 'Mother', guy's partner, 'Speed',... See full summary »
With the arrival of talking pictures, a silent film comedian (a Fatty Arbuckle-type) throws a lavish party to try and save his failing career. His plan is to release one last, great silent ... See full summary »
In a small village on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, the relationship between a short tempered policeman and his rebellious son becomes even more strenuous when the young man falls for a "wrong" girl.
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>
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 »
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 »
[talking into ambulance radio]
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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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