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Two-Lane Blacktop -- 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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Story of two men drag racing across the USA in a primer grey 55 chevy. Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Taylor ... The Driver

Warren Oates ... G.T.O

Laurie Bird ... The Girl

Dennis Wilson ... 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

Harry Dean Stanton ... 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
Illa Ginnaven ... Waitress in Roadhouse
George Mitchell ... Truck Driver at Accident
A.J. Solari ... Tennessee Hitchhiker
Katherine Squire ... Old Woman
Melissa Hellman ... Little Girl with Old Woman picked up by G.T.O.
Jay Wheatley ... Man #1 at Race Track

James Mitchum ... Man #2 at Race Track (as Jim Mitcham)
Kreag Caffey ... Boy with Motorcycle
Tom Witenbarger ... Pickup Truck Driver
Glen Rogers ... Soldier #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomas Moore ... Kid at drive-in (uncredited)

Directed by
Monte Hellman 
Writing credits
Rudy Wurlitzer (screenplay) (as Rudolph Wurlitzer) and
Will Corry (screenplay)

Will Corry (story)

Floyd Mutrux  uncredited

Produced by
Gary Kurtz .... associate producer
Michael Laughlin .... producer (as Michael S. Laughlin)
Cinematography by
Jack Deerson (director of photography)
Gregory Sandor (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Monte Hellman 
Casting by
Fred Roos 
Jennifer Shull 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Production Management
Walter Coblenz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Swor .... assistant director
Art Department
H. Alan Deglin .... custom auto design and construction
William Kincheloe .... custom auto design and construction
Richard Ruth .... custom auto design and construction
Sound Department
Charles T. Knight .... production sound (as Charles Knight)
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recordist
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Sandor .... photographic advisor
John Bailey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Billy James .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jaclyn Hellman .... dialogue coach
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Marion Sampler .... title designer
Lee Wenner .... assistant to producer
Jay Wheatley .... technical advisor
Steven Henschel .... location manager (uncredited)
Beverly Walker .... publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

According to the director's commentary on the first DVD release, the reason the movie took so long to release on DVD was Jim Morrison. Two Lane Blacktop's sound track has scenes in the movie where Doors music is playing in the background. Monte Hellman and the producers had trouble initially securing permission from Morrison's estate to release the film with its original content of Doors music on to the medium of DVD. For obvious reasons, such DVD permission was not part of the original agreement with the Doors in 1972. Eventually, the studio got permission to use the Doors music again and the DVD was released.See more »
Continuity: When the G.T.O pulls into the gas station it's extremely shiny and clean considering it's just driven across 3 States!See more »
G.T.O.:Everything fell apart on me. My job, my family, everything. I had this job as a television producer and I walked into the office and I...
The Driver:I don't wanna hear about it.
G.T.O.:What do you mean, you don't wanna hear about it?
The Driver:It's not my problem.
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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A superb road movie - and more than a road movie., 4 August 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Warren Oates plays a GTO driver who, on his road East, challenges two car nuts for "pink slips". The first to get to Washington D.C. wins the other's car. The two young guys have also picked up a girl on their way, or more accurately, she just got in their car, no questions asked; who she is, where she's going, nada. She's just tagging along for the ride. All four major characters are drifters, men (and woman) with no names, and their credit titles reflect that: G.T.O., The Driver, The Mechanic, The Girl. They're parts of a long tradition of genre anti-heroes, drifters and outcasts, that includes the likes of Sanjuro (Yojimbo) and The Man with No Name.

However they face the same paradox every cinematic anti-hero faces: by separating themselves from society, by refusing to sit still and conform, they're free; it's just them, the engine revving and the road. The problem is that even though they are free, they don't seem to realize it. They keep trying to define themselves through society values. As Warren Oates muses about settling down: "If I'm not grounded pretty soon, I'm gonna go into orbit". The only thing that still permits these people identity and a place in society is through their cars. If the end is a symbolic representation of this moral double-bind that pushes them into two opposite directions, only Monte Hellman knows.

The reason I'm musing about characters in a car movie however is simple. Two-Lane Blacktop is not just about the race between a 1955 Chevy and a 1970 Pontiac. And that's probably why the movie meanders seemingly aimlessly in places, as if in a trance. It's not a racing movie. It doesn't try to be a tight, gripping thriller. In that light, the sometimes slow pacing becomes part of what defines the movie. It feels more like some sort of existential journey through 70's America. But the beauty (and Hellman's talent) is that he refuses the easy way out of obvious allegories (the kind of which Jarmusch used in Dead Man). Things are pretty much open and left for interpretation. But as the two cars cross country on their way to Washington D.C., Hellman captures the zeitgeist of the times in a unique way. I don't know how this slice of Americana looks in the eyes of Americans, but for a European like me, it paints the country in the same mythic colours Sergio Leone's movies did. The difference being this is not a reconstruction of a time and era seen through the eyes of a fascinated European director, but real locations and people.

In any way, Two-Lane Blacktop is closer to Vanishing Point than Gone in 60 Seconds. A superb road movie on all counts and more than a road movie.

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