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Grand Theft Auto Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Ron Howard
as Sam Freeman
Nancy Morgan
as Paula Powers
Marion Ross
as Vivian Hedgeworth
Peter Isacksen
as Sparky
Barry Cahill
as Bigby Powers
Hoke Howell
as Preacher
Paul Linke
as Collins Hedgeworth
Clint Howard
as Ace
George Waggner
as Camera Operator
Ken Lerner
as Benny
Eddie Mulder
as Derby Drivers
Bill Conklin
as Engle Hingleman
Paul Bartel
as Groom
Tom Waters
as Lester
Rance Howard
as Ned Stinker
James Ritz
as Officer Tad
Jim Begg
as Businessman
Leo Rossi
as Sal
Ancel Cook
as Dink
Gene Hartline
as Gas Station Attendant
Todd McCarthy
as Reporter
Garry Marshall
as Underworld Boss
Wayne Goodwin
as Mysterious Man


Ron Howard
Jon Davison
Roger Corman
Rance Howard
Ron Howard
Gary Graver
Peter Ivers
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Dante
Charles Nixon
Set Designer
Linda Pearl
Costume Designer
Jane Rhum
Costume Designer
Cal Naylor
First Assistant Director
Jamie Anderson
Camera Operator
Leigh Mitchell
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Allan Arkush
Second Unit Director
Victor Rivers
Stunts Coordinator