Part of the Mondo Mondays series. Get ready for weird, wild and wonderful flicks from the mondo side of the silver screen! Every Monday at 8:00pm!
âThe quintessential â70s car flick, full of non-stop chases, explosive pile-ups and constant defiance of the law â call it âcar crash pornâ and youâre pretty much on target. The perfect drive-in film if youâre in the mood for mindless fun and mechanical carnage.â â Qwipsterâs Movie Reviews
âSee the Greatest Cars in the World Destroyed!â
Intense drama âŚ meaningful dialogue âŚ intellectual stimulation. These are just SOME of the things you wonât find in Grand Theft Auto, the Roger Corman-produced car chase comedy specifically designed for the 12-year-old in all of us who likes to see stuff blow up real good. Famous today as the directorial debut of Ron Howard (who at the time was keeping busy playing the totally square Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, but who has since gone on to direct a few other films that some people have heard of), Grand Theft Auto is in many ways the quintessential PG-rated â70s drive-in movie: plenty of semi-wholesome fun involving the mass destruction of public and private property, and every now and then someone says âthe S wordâ to liven things up. And yes indeed, itâs surprisingly satisfying to see a whole lot of cars get smashed all to hell. Poor boy Sam Freeman (Howard, following up on his similar role in the previous yearâs Corman classic Eat My Dust!) and rich girl Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) are in love, but her wealthy daddy disapproves. So our two star-crossed lovers steal the Powers family Rolls Royce for a Vegas elopement, Paulaâs uptight ex-fiancĂŠ puts a bounty on her head, and from there on you can just forget about the plot and watch a zillion automobiles crash into each other, not to mention some motorcycles, a couple of helicopters and an ice-cream truck. So fast-paced itâs over almost before it begins, Grand Theft Auto (no relation to the video game) is loaded with corny humor, dopey redneck stereotypes, kooky cameos (including Ronâs brother Clint Howard, as well as his Happy Days co-star Marion Ross, aka âMrs. Cunninghamâ), and a staggering amount of vehicular carnage (more than Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run combined) performed without the aid of wimpy digital effects, culminating in a delirious demolition derby climax that probably made Burt Reynolds soil himself. (Dir. by Ron Howard, 1977, USA, 84 mins., Rated PG) Digital