Part of The Fabelmans +6.
Steven Spielberg’s theatrical debut film stars Goldie Hawn and William Atherton as Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin, a down-on-their-luck couple who lose their child to the state of Texas and decide to pull out all stops to get him back. Lou-Jean pops Clovis out of jail and the two make off with their son, taking him away from his foster parents. But the long arm of the law isn’t far behind, especially since the couple’s holding a cop hostage.
“It's always gratifying to go back to the source of a great career and to pinpoint the seeds of promise from which that greatness grew… SUGARLAND is, ultimately, both interesting for what it isn't — a celluloid petri dish teeming with protean Spielbergisms — and for what it is — an unremarkable instance of a gifted director searching cautiously for his own voice.” —Simon Braud, Empire “A lyrical, funny, sometimes tragic film… We root for the crooks in this film, because like BADLANDS and THIEVES LIKE US, [it] deals in the nuances and details of their lives and shows them as victims of their own loack of opportunity in a uncaring and illiterate social system” —Rex Reed, New York Daily News