Down-on-their-luck racers Larry and Deke steal from a supermarket manager to buy a car that will help them advance their racing chances. Their escape does not go as planned when Larry's one-night stand, Mary, tags along for the ride.


John Hough


Leigh Chapman (screenplay), Antonio Santean (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Larry
Susan George ... Mary Coombs
Adam Roarke ... Deke
Kenneth Tobey ... Carl Donahue
Eugene Daniels Eugene Daniels ... Hank
Lynn Borden ... Evelyn Stanton
Janear Hines Janear Hines ... Millie
Elizabeth James ... Dispatcher
Adrianne Herman Adrianne Herman ... Cindy Stanton
T.J. Castronovo ... Steve (as Tom Castranova)
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (as James Gavin)
Al Rossi Al Rossi ... Surl
Ben Niems Ben Niems ... Police Chief Markey
George Westcott George Westcott ... Bridge Operator
Tom O'Neill Tom O'Neill ... Farmer


Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver; Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle possible. As such, they decide to rob a supermarket's office of the money in its safe to pursue their dream. On the most part, their robbery is successful, although their plan breaks down in its end phase, which doesn't allow them as much getaway time as they wanted. Another problem they face is an unexpected third person in their getaway, Larry's one-night stand Mary Coombs, who doesn't like the fact that Larry ran off on her, although she eventually also says that she doesn't want any of the money. With a police scanner and two-way radio in their souped-up Dodge Charger, they try to outrun the police, who have an identification of their vehicle, and a general description of the three. The police pursuit is led by the tenacious Sheriff Everett Franklin, who knows he and his team can catch them, ... Written by Huggo

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PETER FONDA drivin' hard!! SUSAN GEORGE ridin' easy!! See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Filming started in the fall of 1973 during the time the USA highway markings changed from white to yellow. Whilst most of the roads in California had changed by then, there are several examples of shots where the old system shows in some frames and the new system in others. One chase in particular goes down a road with no markings, yet the new yellow markings are seen out the back of the car window. See more »


The license plate on the blue Chevy changes (it's RTG911). In one scene where the car is driving up a hill, it's different. See more »


Hanks: I'm gonna eat your lunch, you long-haired faggot!
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Alternate Versions

Several scenes cut from the original theatrical release were re-inserted for some television cuts of the film: Among these is a scene in the walnut grove after the collision with the fruit truck where Mary (Susan George) chides Larry (Peter Fonda) about not being literate enough to understand a quote from a book. Another occurs where four hoods at the swap meet are being interviewed by the police after Larry, Mary, and Deke tear off in the souped up Dodge Charger. The houdlums stall the officer's questions by commenting back and forth about what kind of engine was in the Charger. See more »


Referenced in Apple Pie (1975) See more »


Time (Is Such a Funny Thing)
Written by Danny Janssen and Bobby Hart
Sung by Marjorie McCoy
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Good movie
28 December 2005 | by marcbry81See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a young boy and didn't see it again until this Christmas when I ordered the DVD. It was one of my favorite movies from my childhood. I remembered many of the scenes but had forgotten many and enjoyed watching it again. I really enjoyed the interviews and the "extras" on the DVD. I grew up in the muscle car era of the '70's but was too young to drive at the time. This movie along with the Smokey and the Bandit part one were big hits back then. It was definitely worth the money. I will enjoy watching it again sometime soon. I always wondered why I never did see it advertised to be shown on any cable channels. It probably did play down through the years but I never did see it. It does take me back to the days of driving fast with the windows rolled down and listening to the CB radio. They don't make the good old high speed car movies like this anymore.

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Release Date:

17 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakdale, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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