In 1975, American filmmaker Floyd Mutrux directed and wrote the script for Aloha, Bobby and Rose, a road movie starring Paul Le Mat who had just risen to fame thanks to his role in George Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973) that earned him the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year—Actor, an award that ceased to exist after 1983. The role of the film’s leading lady went to Dianne Hull, who had made her film debut in Elia Kazan’s The Arrangement (1969). The two actors make for an electric duo in Mutrux’sAloha, Bobby and Rose, a film with a tagline that tells you everything you need to know before coming along for the ride: “Bobby has a ’68 Camaro. Rose has a five-year-old kid. On their first date, they become lovers and fugitives.”

Bobby is an auto mechanic, Rose works at a car wash where they ultimately meet and together, they have just about the worst possible luck anyone could ever have on a first date. Despite the amazing performances delivered by the cast, as well as the expressive cinematography by William A. Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby), Aloha, Bobby and Rose did not get many positive reviews upon its initial release. Even so, it ended up becoming not just a big box office hit, but also one of the most successful movies of the year, earning $35 million in the United States on a $600,000 budget.