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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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Writers:
Rudy Wurlitzer (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
28 October 1972 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
You can never go fast enough...
Plot:
A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Easy Rider for Car Freaks See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Big Willie Robinson III ... Street Racer in Daytona (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 Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Sandor .... photographic advisor
John Bailey .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Steven Henschel .... location manager (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
Beverly Walker .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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

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Trivia:
This would be Laurie Bird's (as the girl/hitchhiker) film debut. She would only star in two more films including Cockfighter (1974) and Annie Hall (1977) before taking her own life in New York in 1979.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The cost/gallons numbers on the gas pumps change several times during the gas station race set-up scene.See more »
Quotes:
G.T.O.:If I wanted to bother, I could suck you right up my tail pipe.
The Driver:Sure you could.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Idiotmaker's Gravity Tour (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Moonlight DriveSee more »

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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Easy Rider for Car Freaks, 16 February 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

In "Easy Rider" two bikers are in search of American as they travel from coast to coast. The lead biker even calls himself Captain America. In "Two-Lane Blacktop" two car freaks, one a mechanic the other a driver, speed across the nation in search of what? Cars to race? Their trip turns into a cross-country race between their 55 Chevy and a GTO. How the driver of the GTO (played by Warren Oates) got the car depends on which of his stories the viewer believes. The revelation at the end of the film may possibly be the truth.

This film by existentialist director Monte Hellman who later helped produce Quentin Tarantino's seminal "Reservoir Dogs" is an important one. The dialog and acting are minimal, only one of the leads is a professional actor, Warren Oates. The others are two recording artists, James Taylor of "Fire and Rain" fame, and Dennis Wilson from The Beach Boys and a flower child Laurie Bird who tragically committed suicide in Art Garfunkel's apartment a few years later (ironically Garfunkel had helped Paul Simon sing the hit "I've gone to look for America"). The only other professional actor in the movie that this viewer recognized was Harry Dean Stanton who played the homosexual Oklahoma hitchhiker. This gives the film a more realistic feel and adds to the minimalism of the script and direction. The abrupt ending is a bit disconcerting but after a few viewings it makes more sense.

In "Easy Rider" the rock music was an integral part of the story. The soundtrack is one of the best ever. The music in "Two-Lane Blacktop" serves as mere background, kept so low that at times it's difficult to hear. There's a wild version of "Hit the Road Jack" by Jerry Lee Lewis who pumps the keyboard so fast that at times it sounds as if the keys are leaving the piano. The first rock song about racing, Chuck Berry's "Maybelline," is also heard at one point. It's hard for the listener to discern if Berry wrote the song about a woman or about a car. Otherwise the music corresponds with the simplicity of the rest of the flick.

The existential humor is easy to miss on the first viewing. GTO confesses to Mechanic and Driver that he is tired of picking up fantasies. Another part of the film has Driver asking Mechanic a question. Mechanic tells Driver to pull over and stop because it will take him a while to explain. When Driver stops it takes Mechanic only one sentence to give him his answer.

The viewer needs to watch "Two-Lane Blacktop" several times to get its full impact. The time is not wasted for the true believer.

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