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Vanishing Point (1971)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  13 March 1971 (USA)
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During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Medlin ...
Deputy Charlie Scott
Deputy Collins (as Bob Donner)
Timothy Scott ...
Gilda Texter ...
Anthony James ...
First Male Hitchhiker
Second Male Hitchhiker
Sam - Clerk at Delivery Agency
Severn Darden ...
J. Hovah
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends ...
J. Hovah's Singers
Cherie Foster ...
First Girl


Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into custody. Along the way, Kowalski is guided by Supersoul - a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Throw in lots of chase scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, lots of Mopar and you've got a great cult hit from the early 70's. Written by Matthew

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Watch carefully because everything happens fast. The chase. The desert. The shack. The girl. The roadblock. The end. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carrera contra el destino  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,585,000 (estimated)


SEK 880,385 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The color white was chosen for the car simply so the car would stand out against the background scenery in the movie. White was not symbolic in any way. The director says this in the DVD commentary. See more »


In the opening sequence, when the white car vanishes on the road as it passes the other car, a matte line is clearly visible up the middle of the frame, behind the dark car. See more »


Super Soul: This radio station was named Kowalski, in honour of the last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul. The question is not when's he gonna stop, but who is gonna stop him.
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Crazy Credits

The Fox logo is shown without the fanfare making it one of the first times this has happened. See more »


Sing Out for Jesus
Composed by Kim Carnes
Sung by Big Mama Thornton
(Courtesy of Pentagram Records)
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User Reviews

Best carmovie ever
29 November 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

One thing I realised about carfilms, or whatever you might call them, is that a certain degree of monotony is always required (check out the wonderful Two Lane Blacktop too see what I mean). If you waste too much time with backgrounds, character development, story etc the really important stuff starts lacking (the car as an instrument of freedom, the road, the desert...). In this way Vanishing Point is the perfect carmovie: it's about the most monotonous, yet beautiful things i've ever seen! It's about:

1. The car

2. The road

3. The desert

4. The music

And nothing else! Some vague attempts are made to make a character out of Kowalski, but fortunely they're small in numbers. The car is the true main character of the film.

I recommend this film with all my heart.

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