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Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (Supercharger Edition) (1974)

Peter Fonda , Susan George , John Hough  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey, Eugene Daniels
  • Directors: John Hough
  • Writers: James H. Nicholson, Antonio Santean, Leigh Chapman, Richard Unekis
  • Producers: James H. Nicholson, Mickey Zide, Norman T. Herman
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQGR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (Supercharger Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Ride the Wild Side: An all-new documentary featuring interviews with director John Hough and stars Peter Fonda & Susan George
  • 1969 Dodge Charger commercial
  • Commentary with director John Hough, moderated by Perry Martin
  • Talent Bios
  • Theatrical trailers, TV & radio spots
  • Poster & still gallery

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Susan George (Straw Dogs) is ex-groupie Mary and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) is wannabe-NASCAR driver Larry. They're thieves on the run from sheriff Vic Morrow (The Blackboard Jungle), who carries neither gun nor badge. According to director John Hough (The Legend of Hell House), his white trash cult classic was "an action picture with a lot of stunts." That about sums it up. The Tarantino favorite is slim on character development, but overstuffed with automobile-oriented action (most revolving around a 1969 Dodge Charger). Notable stunts include a game of chicken with a couple of 18-wheelers, a low-flying helicopter chase, and a death-defying leap over a moving bridge (Speed would up the ante with a bus). Adapted from the novel The Chase, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry also has one shocker of an ending. Adam Roarke, as levelheaded mechanic Deke, and an uncredited Roddy McDowall, as supermarket manager George, provide solid support. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Mary and Larry are two lovers, who , with Larry's ace mechanic, kidnap the daughter of a grocery store owner, and make off with the ransom. They are chased over hill, over vale by the cops, who deploy everything from 426 Hemis to helicopters to stop Larry's Dodge Charger

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hold on baby, this is a rollercoaster ride..." July 2, 2005
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Saddle up, motor heads, because someone finally (thankfully) saw fit to release one of the classic high-speed car chase films of all time onto DVD in that of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)...and who doesn't love 93 minutes of high octane, exhaust pumping, tire squealing, rubber burning, celluloid muscle car mayhem? Well, probably any number of people, but who cares? There's plenty out there to keep them happy...like The Piano...one of my girlfriends favorite films...shudder...anyhoo...this wonderful bit of Americana was directed by...an Englishman named John Hough, who made his initial mark directing the very popular early 60's spy show `The Avengers', before moving on to such feature films as Twins of Evil (1971), The Legend of Hell House (1973), and Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)...I think this was actually the first American film he directed...starring in this film is Peter `Heavenly Blues' Fonda (The Wild Angels, Easy Rider, Race with the Devil), Susan George (Fright, Die Screaming, Marianne, Straw Dogs), and Adam Roarke (Nam's Angels, Frogs). Also appearing is Kenneth Tobey (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, X-15), Roddy McDowell (Planet of the Apes, The Poseidon Adventure), and Vic Morrow (The Bad News Bears, Humanoids from the Deep).

As the film begins we see a character named Deke (Roarke) arriving at a roadside motel, picking up another character named Larry (Fonda), who is indeed the `Crazy Larry' portion of the title. As Larry leaves his motel room we see yet another character, named Mary (George), sprawled out on the bed...and, if you guessed her character was the `Dirty Mary' portion of the title, you'd be right...we'll learn later how they were blessed with these particular modifiers attached to their names...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally preserved on DVD March 19, 2005
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This is one of those small classics that demonstrates it's worth as a sort of time capsule. Thank goodness the DVD format is being used to preserve such great old films that would otherwise simply deteriorate in a film vault..... and this looks like a nicely done transfer with good picture quality. If you enjoy such films as "Bullitt" / "The French Connection" / "The Seven Ups" (finally to be released on DVD!) / "Charlie Varrick" / ETC, then I'm sure you would be delighted to add "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" to your collection. (Yes the car chase sequences are brilliantly done and very real.)
This film has genuinely exciting action sequences that rival many modern action flicks with their less than involving computer generated images.If one can get over the cringeworthy nature of some of the groovy dialogue and fashions, one finds a window into another era. Exciting, tough, fast paced entertainment...... and what about those fabulous old American Muscle Cars. In the words of Peter Fonda's character.."It's a rollercoaster baby! Whooo!...."
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the ultimate chase movies August 29, 2005
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: Chase movies were all the rage during the 70's but this action B movie probably is the ultimate in the genre. Larry (Peter Fonda) and his partner Deke (Adam Roarke) rob a major supermarket and hold the manager's (Roddy McDowall in an uncredited role) family hostage as part of a scheme to finance their dream NASCAR vehicle. They end up on the run with Mary (Susan George) who had a one night stand with Larry.

While "Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry" isn't a great drama, it's a fun free wheeling chase movie that helped redefine the genre with its hair raising stunts. John Hough's sharp direction keeps the film from becoming just another low budget exploitation flick. 30 years on it's astonishing that many of these dangerous stunts were accomplished. While many of the newer films (the remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds") that mine the same genre cave may have more flash, they can't compare to this film for sheer inventiveness when it comes to the outrageous stunts performed for this film. As a low budget "Bonnie & Clyde" crossed with "Bullitt" "Crazy Mary & Dirty Larry" can't be beat.

A spectacularly transfer from Anchor Bay makes this one of the best releases I've seen of a mid-70's film on DVD. The print appears flawless and there's little to no digital artifacts. Yes, there's grain but that's due to the film stock used and that's to be expected. The grain isn't any more noticeable because of the transfer and that's a tribute to the care that's gone into this transfer. The mono sound doesn't offer much for Anchor Bay to work with but the mono sound has nice presence with no problems with compression or other issues.

Once again Perry Martin does an outstanding job with the extras included here.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My top end in unlimited March 23, 2005
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Its about time that this film was released on DVD. I first watched this movie in 1979 while babysitting a bunch of kids. This movie depticts a bygone era of cool cars, fast driving and almost cool cops.

This movie is not about synthetic Hollywood dialog or about slick special effect. Its not about a bunch of punk kids racing around in souped up Hondas, or Mitsubishi Eclipses doing their front-wheel drive burnouts and trying to outrun some Crown Vic cop car. NO. This movie has real cars, real people and real chases. Behind the somewhat bad scripting, you get to see the best of what was America. A 1968 Chevy Caprice, a 1969 Dodge Charger, and a cop car whose top end is "unlimited".

Peter Fonda and Susan George make a good couple He's callous, uncaring, and the type who would tear the arms off a baby to get the "cubic money" that he needs to complete his racing career. Susan George is a prevaricating, bibbling ditz who is out for some adventure. Fondas cohort Deke, is an honest guy who finally "gets the girl" although not literally, because of the rather negative ending.

Most people will hate this movie. Some, apparently enough of us love it enough to buy it. I give it 5 stars because of the dry humor and some of the best car chase scenes ever on TV. I look forward to purchasing mine, as fast cars and fast women are my thing. Its also fun to watch while you're drunk.
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