Grand Theft Auto (1977)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Road Movie, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In exchange for being allowed to make his directorial debut in Grand Theft Auto, Ron Howard agreed to take no salary as a director, merely as star and co-screenwriter (with his dad Rance). The plot finds Sam Freeman (Howard) eloping with his heiress girlfriend Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan). Her mob-connected dad Bigby Powers (Barry Cahill) vehemently opposes the marriage, and isn't about to change his mind now that Sam has stolen his Rolls-Royce and sped off to Las Vegas with his daughter in tow. Marion Ross, Howard's Happy Days mom, turns in an offbeat supporting characterization.

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daughter, elopement, gangster, heir