Sepia Saturday – Making Movies

I’m working on some posts from my recent trip to Iowa. In the meantime, I’m going to try a Sepia Saturday post. I’ve not done this before……

From the Sepia Saturday blog:  Launched by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen in 2009, Sepia Saturday provides bloggers with an opportunity to share their history through the medium of photographs.

Today’s image features Dinah Shore and Burt Bacharach playing tennis in 1971, so to go along with the theme of “celebrities” or “the 70s”, I’ve chosen a picture (or four) that my husband took during the filming of The Sugarland Express.

Steven Spielberg on set of The Sugarland Express

Hubby’s best friend in high school wanted to direct movies, so they went to watch the filming of The Sugarland Express, directed by newcomer Steven Speilberg. Released in 1974, the movie starred Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton, and Michael Sacks. You can read more about it here or here.

Goldie Hawn on set of The Sugarland Express

The pictures above were taken in Floresville, Texas, but my husband and his friend also watched filming at a high school football stadium in San Antonio.

Ben Johnson on set of The Sugarland Express


The Sugarland Express

16 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday – Making Movies

    • Thanks for taking a look. It’s a pretty good movie – based on a real incident. If I remember correctly, it doesn’t end well for the couple.

  1. That candid picture of Goldie is a winner. Cigarette in one hand and what looks like a muffin in the other. Welcome and thanks for joining us on Sepia Saturday, and we hope you’ll be back again. I’m in charge for a few weeks whilst Alan and Kat are away so I’m hoping for smartie points for recruiting new contributors. Don’t forget to visit the others there are usually some good tales to tell.

    • Thanks for taking a look! It looked to me like Goldie is having a snow cone with her cigarette….but it’s hard to tell for sure.

    • Thank you for your comment. I was surprised when I dug out the pictures and took a fresh look. Hopefully she has quit by now. 🙂

    • It had been a long time since I had looked at these pictures. Goldie and the cigarette took me by surprise too.

  2. Welcome! You will so enjoy this Sepia blog, it’s so much fun and the bloggers are so interesting and enjoyable to follow! This is an exceptional post…love all these fascinating photos too…Goldie is one of my fave people…and I can see here eating a snowcone!

    • Thanks! This is going to be fun. I’ve enjoyed visiting a lot of the blogs-although I did have to get back to real life after a while. 🙂 There’s always tomorrow, right?

  3. Welcome to Sepia Saturday!!

    I don’t remember that movie or ever seeing it, but how cool to be able to see them filming. That must have been very exciting.

    • I think they were a little star struck. That friendship also led us to watch filming of a couple of other movies/TV shows as our friend did end up working in the movie/TV business for a number of years. This movie won for best screenplay at Cannes that year, so it isn’t a bad movie.

  4. I remember this movie! Always loved Goldie and now love her daughter Kate. As far as the cigarette (hate smoking) I think Goldie, her boyfriend/significant other Kurt Russell who I also love and her daughter Kate all smoke. They should all stop!

    • Finally – someone who remembers Sugarland Express! I was beginning to think we(me and husband) were the only ones. 🙂

  5. Hello,

    I’m working on a book about “The Sugarland Express”, as a follow-up to my book “Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career”. I’ve talked with most all of the principals on the film so far, and I’ve some great memories of the project to share in the book. Coming across your husband’s photos here were a thrill! Did he shoot more than just the four you’ve posted? I’d love to talk with you about seeing any other images he might have on file still.

    Steven Awalt
    Author, “Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career”

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