Director Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut was the 1974 film “The Sugarland Express” was an interesting film for the upbeat director. The film was one of the his few that ended on a downbeat note.
Still the film had a number of unique technological aspects such as how this film was chosen by California’s Panavision Corporation to launch its new Panaflex, a compact camera that enabled Spielberg to shoot complex shots inside a patrol car. Not to mention Spielberg met composer John Williams on this film who would, as of 2012, score every Spielberg-directed theatrical film except the 1983 anthology film “Twilight Zone: The Movie” and 1985’s “The Color Purple”.
So basically, this film launched the career of one of the most legendary directors ever, a legendary collaboration between a director and a composer, and a new way to shoot scenes in cars. Overall, great first film for Spielberg.