LA law states that the first ambulance crew to an accident is entitled to the contract (worth $42.50) to take the victim to the nearest hospital Cue anarchy on the streets as saving patients takes a backseat to earning a crust for one particular crew - Mother (Cosby) and Tony (Keitel) - and their ally in dispatch, Jugs (Welch).
Fast-paced, very likeable black comedy with Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel as a loudmouthed Los Angeles ambulance crew hustling for custom at $42.50 a casualty. Keitel is brilliantly cast as the drug-peddling cop whos suspended and needs to scrape a few bucks. Raquel Welch revels in the sordidness of the situation and Bill Cosby, of course, takes everything in his cheerfully cynical stride. Larry Hagman, too, is wonderful as a sex-mad nerd.
There would be even more laughs here if there wasnt the unsettling sense that the events and the mercenary nature of the emergency services isnt entirely untrue.
A farce on wheels, with sirens, splints, and laughs admirably darker than it's PG certificate suggests. An anarchic change of pace for the man who pointed Bullitt in the right direction.