Moving Violation (1976)

PG | 91 mins | Drama | 1976

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HISTORY

Kay Lenz acted as a child under the name Kay Ann Kemper . After appearing under that name in the film American Graffiti (1973, see entry), she reverted to her birth name of Kay ... More Less

Kay Lenz acted as a child under the name Kay Ann Kemper . After appearing under that name in the film American Graffiti (1973, see entry), she reverted to her birth name of Kay Lenz. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1976
p. 2, 12.
Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1976
p. 6.
Variety
28 Jul 1976
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Key grip
Addl photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc coord
Prod accountant
Prod secy
Stunt prod asst
Stunt prod asst
Stunt prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Airbag equipped car
Tech advisor
STAND INS
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stunt coord
SOURCES
SONGS
"Detroit Man" written and performed by Phil Everly.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1976
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 September 1976
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
14 July 1976
Copyright Number:
LP46958
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Color by Deluxe (Eastman Color)
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sheriff Rankin sits in the passenger seat of a police cruiser on patrol, as Tyler, the newest deputy on the for the oil tycoon, H. L. Rockfield. Rankin says he only pays the other deputies two hundred a month, but Tyler says eight hundred is as low as he is willing to go. As they argue, Tyler spies Eddie Moore, an out of work mechanic, hitchhiking. He pulls over and searches Eddie’s backpack. When he protests, Rankin hits Eddie with his baton, drops him outside town and tells Eddie to be gone by morning. As they drive off, Tyler threatens to go directly to Rockfield if Rankin doesn’t pay up and Rankin dares him to try it. At an ice cream stand and Eddie flirts with, the attendant, Cam Marie Johnson, who gives him free ice cream. Soon, Cam is drives Eddie around town in her van, and sneak out to H.L. Rockfield’s estate and skinny-dip in his pool. Meanwhile, inside Rockfield’s mansion, Tyler accuses the old man of pumping oil from ground that belongs to the city and not paying for it. At Rockfield’s call, Rankin steps into the room. Eddie and Cam kiss in the garden and hear shouting from inside the house. They see Rankin chase Tyler and then shoot him in the back. As Cam and Eddie grab their clothes, Rankin chases Tyler deeper into foliage. Tyler is mortally wounded, but to climb into the van just as Eddie and Cam jump in the front seat. Rankin opens fire on the van and Cam speeds off and gives chase ... +


Sheriff Rankin sits in the passenger seat of a police cruiser on patrol, as Tyler, the newest deputy on the for the oil tycoon, H. L. Rockfield. Rankin says he only pays the other deputies two hundred a month, but Tyler says eight hundred is as low as he is willing to go. As they argue, Tyler spies Eddie Moore, an out of work mechanic, hitchhiking. He pulls over and searches Eddie’s backpack. When he protests, Rankin hits Eddie with his baton, drops him outside town and tells Eddie to be gone by morning. As they drive off, Tyler threatens to go directly to Rockfield if Rankin doesn’t pay up and Rankin dares him to try it. At an ice cream stand and Eddie flirts with, the attendant, Cam Marie Johnson, who gives him free ice cream. Soon, Cam is drives Eddie around town in her van, and sneak out to H.L. Rockfield’s estate and skinny-dip in his pool. Meanwhile, inside Rockfield’s mansion, Tyler accuses the old man of pumping oil from ground that belongs to the city and not paying for it. At Rockfield’s call, Rankin steps into the room. Eddie and Cam kiss in the garden and hear shouting from inside the house. They see Rankin chase Tyler and then shoot him in the back. As Cam and Eddie grab their clothes, Rankin chases Tyler deeper into foliage. Tyler is mortally wounded, but to climb into the van just as Eddie and Cam jump in the front seat. Rankin opens fire on the van and Cam speeds off and gives chase in his cruiser. Rankin radios for help, claiming Eddie and Cam killed Tyler. Rankin then rams the van and forces it to crash. As he gets out of his car, Rankin trips on a rock and knocks himself out. Eddie and Cam steal the cruiser. Over the radio they hear Bubba, a sheriff’s deputy, trying to radio Rankin. Cam tells Bubba what happened, and Bubba tells them to stay put until he arrives. Rankin comes to and sees the wrecked van. He shoots the gas tank and it explodes. Bubba pulls up and Rankin tells the deputy that he wants Eddie and Cam dead. Frank, another deputy, pulls over the stolen sheriff’s car. As Eddie and Cam get out, they hear Rankin over the radio saying that the suspects killed a deputy and to shoot them on sight. Frank opens fire and Eddie and Cam jump back in the car, smashing into Frank’s cruiser as they drive off. Frank is right behind them when his radio dies. Rankin spots Frank’s car and thinks it is his own. He opens fires on Frank and Bubba rams the car, forcing it to crash. Frank crawls out of the wreck, pleading for Rankin not to shoot. When their engine is dies, Eddie and Cam wave down a passing car and ask for help. When the driver won’t give them a ride, they steal his car. Stopping for gas, Eddie goes into a diner to get some food. The owner of the stolen car walks, in sees Eddie, attacks him as diner get in on the brawl. Cam steps in and fires a round into the ceiling. In the stunned silence, Eddie and Cam leap into the stolen car and speed away. Bubba is changing a tire when Eddie and Cam race by. Rankin radios the Cody County police that the fugitives have crossed the county line and requests assistance. They jump in their cruiser, but drive only a few hundred feet before the tire falls off. When Eddie and Cam reach Cody, Cam insists they turn themselves in, and to the police station. Eddie runs after her just as Bubba and Rankin drive up. A Cody police officer spots the stolen car and calls out to Rankin, who then sees Eddie. Eddie and Cam run through a back alley, then steal an old lady’s car. The victim screams alert the police and they give chase. A convoy of ten cruisers and two motorcycles one by one they crash until only a lone motorcycle is left. The officer fires his pistol and hits Eddie, who slams on his brakes. The officer rear ends the stolen car and flips over it. Cam asks Eddie where he learned to drive and he says in reform school. That night, Cam and Eddie find an empty house, where she patches up Eddie’s gunshot wound and they take a shower and then make love. They next morning, Alex Warren, a small town lawyer, finds Cam and Eddie waiting in his office. They convince him they are innocent and Alex hides them in his house and goes to city hall, where he tells the prosecutor that Eddie and Cam will surrender to the state’s attorney general. Leaving city hall, Alex tells reporters he will reveal the true killer’s identity when he takes Eddie and Cam in. The next morning, Alex drives his station wagon with a boat in tow onto the main highway. A deputy stops him and demands to see what Alex has under a tarp in his back seat, but Alex refuses to comply without a warrant and drives off. Once out of town, Alex lets Eddie drive. As they clear city limits, another of Rankin’s deputies, dressed in plain clothes and driving an unmarked car, waits to ambush them. He attempts to force them off the road, but loses control and crashes. Sometime later, he spots Alex’s vehicle in a marina parking lot and tries to ram it, but Eddie pulls forward, and the deputy hits another car, which explodes as both vehicles go into the water. Bubba and Rankin now give chase. Alex crawls to the back of the station wagon, and uncouples the boat trailer. The boat flips, and smashes into the pickup. At the courthouse, Alex, Cam and Eddie walk across the street, a station wagon pulls up with Rankin and Bubba wearing nylon stockings over their heads. They open fire with shotguns and Alex is killed, Cam is wounded and Eddie runs away. Cam is brought to the hospital, but she is comatose and unable to talk. Eddie breaks into a National Guard armory and steals a sniper rifle with armor piercing bullets. That night, he goes to the Sherriff’s office and open fires. Four cruisers explode and the deputies come running out. Eddie shoots Rankin in the heart. Later, Eddie sneaks up to a mental facility and sees Cam sitting in a chair staring into space. She doesn’t react when he calls her, so he throws a stuffed elephant, like one she had hanging in her van, over the wall. She gets up, tentatively reaches through the chicken wire to touch his face, then climbs the fence to join him +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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