"Every bone in her crotch. That's what I'm gonna break"
- Crazy Larry (Peter Fonda) on Dirty Mary (Susan George)
This is your typical 70s petrolhead Good Ole Boy car chase movie, enlivened by and made original only for the smart mouth sassiness of its characters. I can imagine this holding a treasured place in the DVD collections of both Quentin Tarantino and Richard Hammond (now there's a thought!)
"You're the kind that's never satisfied. You'd eat the last cookie in the jar. And I'm telling you something, there's no more cookies in the jar, and there aren't. Even if there were , you'd eat it. And you'd go looking in my fridge for my pie stash"
- Crazy Larry on Dirty Mary, again.
Is Peter Fonda the most underrated figure of 70s cinema? Seriously people need to see that he was more than Easy Rider. He also has some real chemistry here with the sunkissed Susan George, endlessly chewing gum as they trade snappy dialogue.
The film is essentially one long car chase with the modern day Bonnie and Clyde on the run in both a souped up '66 Chevrolet Impala before ditching that for the beautiful '69 Dodge Charger R/T 440.
Both the tyre squeeling action and the crackling script is handled well by British director John Hough, and the film has an uncredited cameo from Roddy McDowell. The characters may not seem instantly likeable, but that's in keeping with the then current trend of 70s American cinema.
The final impressive and explosive stunt scene was later used in the opening of TV's The Fall Guy.