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The Sugarland Express

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The Sugarland Express
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Release Date 1974
Language English
Studio Zanuck/Brown Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lou Jean Poplin Goldie Hawn
Clovis Michael Poplin William Atherton
Captain Harlin Tanner Ben Johnson
Patrolman Maxwell Slide Michael Sacks
Patrolman Jessup Steve Kanaly
Patrolman Ernie Mashburn Gregory Walcott

The Sugarland Express is the 1974 drama that marked the feature film directorial debut of Steven Spielberg. Based on a true story, the film stars William Atherton and Goldie Hawn as a desperate couple who kidnap a Texas trooper and become instant celebrities as Texas law enforcement chases them across the state.

The following weapons were used in the film The Sugarland Express:


Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman

The Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman is the main revolver seen in the film. The revolver is taken from Texas Patrolman Maxwell Slide (Michael Sacks) by Lou Jean Poplin (Goldie Hawn) and used by her husband Clovis Michael Poplin (William Atherton) throughout the rest of the film.

S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman with factory target grips
The revolver on the ground.
Clovis Michael Poplin (William Atherton) holds the revolver on Patrolman Maxwell Slide (Michael Sacks).
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Walther P38

Patrolman Jessup (Steve Kanaly) carries a Walther P38 as his sidearm.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Patrolman Jessup (Steve Kanaly) carries a Walther P38 as his sidearm.


Mossberg 500

A Mossberg 500 shotgun is also taken from Slide's patrol car and used by Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn). Clovis (William Atherton) also uses the shotgun at one point during the stand-off with the police.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the wood furniture.
Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) with the shotgun during the chase.
Lou Jean fires the Mossberg.
Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) with the shotgun.
Clovis (William Atherton) brandishes both the Mossberg 500 and the Smith & Wesson Model 28. Photo is a publicity still

Winchester 1897

Several troopers are seen armed with the Winchester Model 1897 shotgun. It's also used by one of the reserve deputies during the car lot shootout.

Winchester Model 1897 "Riot Gun" - 12 gauge
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Remington 870

One of the Texas troopers is seen armed with a Remington 870 shotgun at the end of the film.

Remington 870 Police Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
One of the Texas troopers is seen armed with a Remington 870 shotgun at the end of the film.

Double Barreled shotgun

Another civilian police reservist uses what appears to be a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun during the shootout at the car lot.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
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Mauser Sporter

A Mauser Sporter is used by a Texas Ranger to try and take out the couple.

Oberndorf Mauser Sporter - 9x57mm
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Winchester Model 70

A Winchester Model 70 is used by the other Texas Ranger.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
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Winchester Model 1894

A civilian reserve deputy is seen using a Winchester Model 1894 in the shootout at the used car lot.

Winchester Model 1894 - .30-30 Winchester
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While driving through the town, in the disarmament stage seen a few different guns:

Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model;
Smith & Wesson Model 36;
Several Colt Peacemakers;
Two Double Barreled Shotguns;
Short Over and Under Shotgun;
Two Winchester Model 1894;
What appears to be an Colt Model 1917 revolver;
Unidentified Smith & Wesson revolver.
Several different guns seen during the disarmament.

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