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Mother, Jugs & Speed

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Three ambulance workers hustle business in Los Angeles. Directed by Peter Yates.

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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), Unknown (Stereo), 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: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D3YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mother, Jugs & Speed" on IMDb

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By Scott Sloan on 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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I was 16 years old when this flick came out. It was funny then; it's funny today. But one thing it did for me was steer me away from the drug scene amongst some of my peers. Even though the movie is a comedy, its portrayal of the L.A. drug community convinced me that this was something that I didn't want any part of. I was working as an usher at a movie theatre at the time. I must have seen it two dozen times. The film was held over in our theatre because it was selling out most nights. The films production values are not the usual Hollywood standard of the day, but the script is funny and the story is fluid, hilarious and it works. By the way, Mother drives one mean rig.
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Loved this movie when I first saw it in the theater! However, was somewhat disappointed with this DVD copy. Some of the more colorful language has been overdubbed with words and voices that just don't fit - must be an edited for TV version. I'm pretty sure this film was originally R-rated.
Still, I gave this 4 stars because most of the film is still intact, and it's still a hoot! (Pun intended)
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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 era this film came out, it's surprisingly dead on in its humorous depiction of the way things were. OTOH, if your not, well, it just might seem like a very strange and unrealistic movie that could not possibly be true.

i.e. One of the things Bill Cosby's character, "Mother," loves to do is turn on the siren when he sees nuns cross the street and make them scatter. "Buzzing the nuns." Let's just say I've seen worse behaviors.
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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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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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