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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

Bill Cosby , Raquel Welch , Peter Yates  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, Larry Hagman
  • Directors: Peter Yates
  • Writers: Tom Mankiewicz, Stephen Manes
  • Producers: Peter Yates, Charles H. Maguire, Joseph Barbera, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mother, Jugs & Speed" on IMDb

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Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel head an all-star cast in this wildly inventive comedy about an ambulance service funny enough to cause their own medical emergency. To beat out competing ambulance services, an ace driver (Cosby), an office secretary/paramedic (Welch) and a suspended cop (Keitel) resort to some outrageous behavior to help people in distress. They're a crew whose condition is even more critical than their clients!

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 70's Classic finally on DVD!!!!! March 22, 2004
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After all these years the Peter Yates classic staring Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel finally arrives on DVD. Take Cosby's humor, Raquel's sex appeal, Keitel's smouldering late 70's cool and one sweet ride of an ambulance, and you've got Mother, Jugs and Speed. Peter Yates' classic take on the ambulance industry in metropolitan Los Angeles gives us a little bit of everything in a quick, well paced film. Cosby's charm shines in one of his best roles i think as the cynical, no nonsense ambulance driver Mother Tucker. Just by looking at Mother's custom Rig, and patch covered jacket you get the impression that Cosby's character was not always an ambulance driver, but perhaps was once something quite differnt. Follow the F+B ambulance company and their staff of irregulars (Including Larry Hagman of Dallas Fame, and football player Dick Butkus) as they do their best to save the lives of their patients and hammer away at one another with a barrage of jokes, and one liners. They don't make comedys like this anymore where the car was just as big of a star as the trio named in the title. While normally found in the comedy section, the film does have an equal number of "dark" moments that let the viewer know that Yates wasn't just doing this for laffs and help to balance out the humor. The DVD transfer is crystal clear, and the slamming 70's soundtrack will be nostalgic for some, and new, and inventive to others. Another reviewer mentioned hearing Peter Frampton's "Show me The Way" playing in an early scene, and I always think of this film when i hear that song. Treat yourself to a 70's classic, and enjoy the ride, and pray that if you ever need the guys in white that he shows up wearing yellow sneakers with red socks, and goes by the name of Mother Tucker.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A funny look at the dark side of ambulance work. January 6, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
There are so few movies that are geared towards ambulance work. Mother,Jugs and Speed is in many cases one of the only movies on this topic out there. It is a very light hearted look at the possibilities (and past realities) of emergency medical services. I enjoyed it not only for the subject matter, but also for the cast. Bill Cosby truly portrays the "burned out" EMT who still cares for his patients while Harvey Keitel is a great straight man. Raquel Welch adds to the film not only with her screen presence, but also in bringing to light the plight of women breaking into this field. Larry Hagman's character is, in many ways, a disgrace to the profession, and yet he still provides you with a few laughs. I think this movie can be enjoyed by all, but most likely by those who are involved in emergency services of some kind. I consider it one of my favorites and I hope you do too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As close to the truth about EMS as possible! September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I worked as a Paramedic in the 80's and everything in the movie with the exception of drinking while on duty was true! Dropped patients, guns on the truck, the food you ate (I always had 2 chocolate eclairs and a pink lemonade at 2:00 am), the scaring of the nuns, all of it true, especially the caring for the patient. You may have had a fun time while on duty, but the patient came first! I watch it everytime it comes on, and it brings back memories of the fun time I had!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 3.5 stars; a fine, funky 70's curio May 2, 2004
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Alternately ahead of its time and an unmistakable product of its era, the 1976 paramedic comedy-drama "Mother, Jugs and Speed" has finally made its way to DVD.
This uneven but underappreciated little B-movie drew obvious influence from the blood-and-pranks mixture of Robert Altman's "MASH," but you can also see its darkly comic influence on contemporary fare such as "Six Feet Under" and "Bringing out the Dead," and it poked fun at zip-ups gone wrong 20 years before "There's Something About Mary."
Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel play Southern California ambulance drivers forced to contend with all manner of accidents and injuries, both amusing and tragic. The all-over-the-map cast also includes Raquel Welch, Allen Garfield, Dick Butkus, Bruce Davison, L.Q. Jones, Larry Hagman (as a creepy lech whose antics haven't aged well) and even Allan Warnick, the kid from the records room in "Chinatown."
With its gritty, widescreen look and those awesome blue lens flares so common to the period, "Mother" is a fine, funky 70's curio. Welch and Keitel (who had just been replaced by Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now") are stiff but the rest of the pre-Carter administration cast seems to be having fun, particularly Cosby, as the glib, laconic Mother. It's a bit strange to see the sitcom star playing an anti-hero, but his cool, sneaky performance breezily anchors the movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mother, Jugs and Speed December 15, 2007
Format:DVD
Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel star in this comedy as Mother (as in Mother hen), Jugs (enuf said) and Speed (a cop busted for selling speed).

The story of two privately owned ambulance companies compete for the city contract in LA. our heroes work for F & B run by Harry Fishbine (Allen Garfield). Also as F & B staff is Larry Hagman & Bruce Davidson.

This 1976 comedy is cute in spots, but does show its age. Cosby and Keitel seems seasoned for their roles. Whereas Welch seem out of place with this comedy

The film seems grainy and washed out. The story is good, which saves this DVD release

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great classic if ur into EMS
Published 2 days ago by Luis Matos
5.0 out of 5 stars How I miss those "old days". Working in NYC ...
How I miss those "old days". Working in NYC fdny 9-11 system is hectic, but this movie makes it worth while.
Published 1 month ago by 37W3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Sould be a solid training film in EMS history classes around the world.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
Have liked this movie since I showed it as a projectionist in high school. Just wanted one to keep and this did the trick. Cosby and Raquel, what more to say?
Published 2 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing movie. Would recommend it to anyone who is getting into emergency medicine. It brings a real insight on how things used to be
Published 4 months ago by Emsismylife
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Raquel Welch Film
1976 saw the release of Mother, Jugs & Speed starring Raquel Welch. Luckily I got to see this in the theatre. The story af an ambulance company,with drama and humor.
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic among EMTs and ambulance personnell
I've watched this film about every year or two for the last twenty years. If you're an EMT, particularly an EMT who had involvement with commercial ambulances during or around the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Huston
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but fun!
I love old movies and this movie has a lot of outstanding actors in it. A lot of fun, I've watched it several times, in a funny way it depicts how private ambulance companies... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Prefect!!!
It was just what I wanted. The DVD worked great when we played it. I will be ordering more stuff.
Published 9 months ago by Dorann R Elam
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 70s
Big comedia Big actors Funny plot I loved it, since I'm a fan of 70 film era I recommend DVD quality is Ok, also
Published 10 months ago by Alejandro Godoy
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