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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

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

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Charles Taylor
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Storyline

Los Angeles: 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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26 May 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambulances tous risques  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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According to Tom Mankiewicz, in his book, "My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood", 20th Century Fox Production Executive Alan Ladd, Jr. approved a production budget of three million dollars, which they did not exceed. After juggling the books, and with the help of a great Associate Producer, they made the film for $2,999,999, just under the cap set by 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

In several wide shots of the F&B Station during the climax, the windows go from three bullet holes to windows free of damage. See more »

Quotes

Tony Malatesta: They don't call me Speed for nuthin'.
Jugs: Well, let's hope they don't call you Speed for everything!
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Referenced in In Living Color: Spike's Joint (1990) 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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Cosby keeps the laughs coming
1 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

The ads for this 1976 comedy described the film as "'MASH' on wheels" and that is the perfect description. It follows the exploits of paramedics in Los Angeles and the trouble they get into with the police, rival ambulance services, and each other. The film is very funny at times and deadly serious as traces of black comedy seep thru.

Bill Cosby heads the cast as Mother and gives, I believe, his best performance on the big screen. He's hip and funny. By no means is this film a classic but it is worth watching, especially if you're in a goofy mood. And Raquel Welch ain't bad to look at either.


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