Grand Theft Auto 1974


Decades before his excellent car-racing drama Rush, Ron Howard was both director and star of this jolly escapist entertainment about car-theft. Paula Powers (Nancy Freeman) elopes with Sam (Howard) and they set off for Vegas to get married in a Rolls-Royce, with family and friends in hot pursuit. A Roger Corman production, films like Grand Theft Auto and the original Gone in 60 Seconds fused Robert Altman’s fragmented approach with crowd-pleasing, simple storylines, and slathered elaborate stunts over the results. A sense of nostalgia is helpful, but Grand Theft Auto’s impact on popular culture is still felt today.


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