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Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

R  |   |  Drama  |  28 October 1972 (Japan)
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Story of two men drag racing across the USA in a primer grey 55 chevy. Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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G.T.O
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The Girl
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The Mechanic
David Drake ...
Needles Station Attendant
Richard Ruth ...
Needles Station Mechanic
Rudy Wurlitzer ...
Hot Rod Driver (as Rudolph Wurlitzer)
Jaclyn Hellman ...
Driver's Girl
Bill Keller ...
Texas Hitchhiker
...
Oklahoma Hitchhiker (as H.D. Stanton)
Don Samuels ...
Texas Policeman #1
Charles Moore ...
Texas Policeman #2
Tom Green ...
Boswell Attendant
W.H. Harrison ...
Parts Store Owner
Alan Vint ...
Man in Roadhouse
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Storyline

The Driver and The Mechanic are two car freaks driving a 1955 Chevy throughout the southwestern U.S. looking for other cars to race. They are totally dedicated to The Car and converse with each other only when necessary. At a gas station, The Driver and The Mechanic, along with a girl who has ingratiated herself into their world, meet G.T.O., a middle-aged man who fabricates stories about his exploits. It is decided to have a race to Washington, D.C., where the winner will get the loser's car. Along the way, the race and the highway metaphorically depict the lives of these contestants as they struggle to their destination. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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You can never go fast enough...

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Drama

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Release Date:

28 October 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Estrada Não Tem Fim  »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Floyd Mutrux, wrote much of the screenplay, but lost credit in a Writers Guild arbitration hearing due to the fact he was not a member of the Guild. Director Monte Hellman appeared in Mutrux's film The Christian Licorice Store (1971) the same year this film was made. See more »

Goofs

At the garage where the race is being set up, watch the crank of the hand mangle as it mysteriously changes its position throughout the clips. See more »

Quotes

G.T.O.: Those satisfactions are permanent.
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Crazy Credits

The GTO ... 1970 Pontiac See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.23 (2011) See more »

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Early Cocktail
(uncredited)
Music by Ole Georg (as Henrik Nielsen)
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Straighter Story
29 August 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

In my view this is the best road movie ever made. Carping about the slow pace or minimal dialogue is like complaining Scorsese's movies are too violent or the Marx Brothers too zany.

Like the car the two friends drive, this is an exercise in stripping things down to their essentials in search of authenticity. Like a Ramones song or an Edward Hopper painting there is absolutely nothing here that doesn't need to be.

Warren Oates' character on the other hand is a study in inauthenticity. After visiting the US in the 80's and 90's with its malls and fast food chains (and indeed looking at the kind of product Hollywood churns out these days) it's clear that his kind won the race in the end.

I've seen this on TV and in art cinemas a couple of times and I'm glad to hear I can now get the DVD. A true American classic.


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