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Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 3 December 1976
When a massive crash involving 39 vehicles and 14 deaths takes place on the freeway, the story then goes back in time 43 hours where we learn in countdown time segments, what brought the victims there.

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Eugene Price (teleplay), Robert Presnell Jr. (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Sergeant Sam Marcum
Sian Barbara Allen ... Barbara Hutton
Buddy Ebsen ... Al Pearson
Herb Edelman ... Danny
David Groh ... Dale
Scott Jacoby ... Lee Bassett
Joe Kapp ... Officer Estevez
Sue Lyon ... Burnsey
Vera Miles ... Erica
Donna Mills ... Laureen
Harriet Nelson ... June Pearson
George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Pete
Terry Moore ... Trudy
Bonnie Ebsen ... Penny
Tommy Lee Jones ... Officer Hutton
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Storyline

A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in California. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and leading up to the accident. The closing replays the entire "smash up" from various angles and in slow motion, depicting much carnage and indifference to the victims. Written by Brooke <soylent@ican.net>

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Taglines:

15 Lives Bound Forever in One Shattering Second ... The Most Awesome Automobile Accident Ever Filmed!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carambolages See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Interstate 5 runs north and south on the west coast of the United States paralleling U.S. Highway 101 from the Mexican to the Canadian borders connecting the cites of San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento (California), Medford, Eugene, Salem, Portland (Oregon), Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, and Bellingham (Washington). See more »

Goofs

For the entire film, Sgt. Marcam's CHP cruiser is a then-new 1976 Dodge Monaco (an intermediate sized car). For the crash sequence at the end of the film, his car changes into a much larger 1973 Dodge Polara (no doubt a budget consideration, as the car is wrecked). See more »

Quotes

Barbara Hutton: Sam... Jimmy... Where's Jimmy?... Why isn't Jimmy here?..Somebody better tell me.
Sergeant Sam Marcum: Barbara there was a shooting incident. He was on his way here... There was a shooting incident.
Barbara Hutton: Shot?
Sergeant Sam Marcum: [Sergeant Marcum knods his head yes ever so slightly]
Barbara Hutton: He's dead. He was on his way over here.
[breaks down crying]
Barbara Hutton: Oh God! Oh God! He never got to see the baby. He's dead. He never even got to see the baby!
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TV disaster-movie counts down the hours to the ultimate pile-up...
26 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Satisfactory TV-made disaster-of-the-week, prevalent in the latter-half of the 1970s, begins on a July 4th holiday weekend in Southern California. Police sergeant Robert Conrad warns his men about the traffic on L.A.'s dangerous freeways: "Whatever could go wrong will go wrong"...and so it does. Buddy Ebsen and Harriet Nelson are loving oldsters (she has weeks to live); Vera Miles is a divorcée swept off her feet by romantic trucker David Groh; Scott Jacoby is a car thief hijacked by a fugitive couple (all are involved in the shooting of rookie cop Tommy Lee Jones, whose wife just had a baby); and Sue Lyon is a biker chick who, just hours before, attempted to engage her buddies in the gang-rape of Miles in broad daylight. They're all involved in a violent freeway pile-up which frames the movie in flashback mode. The action is well-filmed and edited, and the characters are surprisingly interesting if unsavory. Conrad keeps an amusingly cool head throughout and anchors the story with his macho charm.


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