Cinema: Cross-Country Circus

THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG Screenplay by HAL BARWOOD and MATTHEW ROBBINS

The Sugarland Express is a simple story of a mother's love and the lengths to which a woman possessed by it will go to recover her child when an unfeeling society forces them apart.

It sounds familiar enough—like the plot of an old Bette Davis movie cap-sulized in a late-show listing. But Mom in this case is played by gum-snapping Goldie Hawn, and there is nothing classy about the way she expresses her grief or the methods she is willing to employ to pry Baby Langston out of the...

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