Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry 1974

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Finding a middle ground between the road-hippie odyssey of Easy Riders and the sunny automotive destruction of Smokey and the Bandit, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry cast Peter Fonda and Susan George as a ex-NASCAR driver and his girl as they evade the attentions of a corrupt sheriff and somehow strike a blow for all-American freedom by causing pile-up and car smashes. The final helicopter chase is a high-water-mark of stunt-work, well handled by John Hough, and the ending is a one-off that sticks in your mind forever. Simultaneously sociopathic and patriotic, it’s an anti-establishment drama without the politics.

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