Cinema: Stretcher-Bearer

MOTHER, JUGS AND SPEED

Directed by PETER YATES Screenplay by TOM MANKIEWICZ

This won't do but it could have. Mother, Jugs and Speed involves the escapades of a bunch of Los Angeles ambulance drivers who hustle catastrophe for $42.50 plus 500-a-mile. Tom Mankiewicz's screenplay owes more than it ought to MASH, but it has found a way to get into the underbelly of a city, to survey the twilight territory where tragedy and comedy trip over each other and make an unsightly mess. What might have been a pitch-black comedy is a movie loaded...

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