The Sugarland Express (1974)
The Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn and Ben Johnson, is the first major commercial film made by director Steven Spielberg. Set entirely in Texas, the film is loosely based on a true story: A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison, and together they kidnap their own son from his rich and unapproving grandparents. But things don’t go as planned; the young couple are forced to take a police hostage on the road. As publicity of the events increases, the general public takes the side of the family and roots for their success while the cops chase them across Texas to the ultimate showdown.
This painting shows a scene in which the slow-speed convoy of police cars follows the couple and their hostage while local news cameramen hiding along the highway behind a Lone Star Beer billboard seek to get an exclusive shot.