Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
The Sugarland Express reveals the sentimentality we've come to expect from the director at the outset. Cutting too harshly from the absurdist tone of the rest of the film in the final 20 minutes, the shift from comedy to drama not really working. Still an entertaining flick, both Hawn and Atherton give goofy but lovable performances and Spielberg controls the action, suspense and comedy with ease. Flawed but good.
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