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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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Deputy Charlie Scott
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Deputy Collins (as Bob Donner)
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Anthony James ...
First Male Hitchhiker
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Second Male Hitchhiker
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Sam - Clerk at Delivery Agency
Severn Darden ...
J. Hovah
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends ...
J. Hovah's Singers
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Jake
Cherie Foster ...
First Girl
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,585,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 880,385 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Richard C. Sarafian's original choice for the role of Kowalski was Gene Hackman, but the studio, 20th Century Fox, insisted on using Barry Newman if the movie was going to be made. See more »

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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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A great '70s movie
7 March 2006 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

This is the essential 1970s anti-hero movie. It is not supposed to make sense and I have often wondered if it were not meant to be someone's psychedelic dream. Nudity when nudity would not seem to fit; bad cops; beaten people out of sync with plot line. Sounds like a trip. The cast is excellent and this is one of Cleavon Little's last main roles as well as the last main role for the early love interest. John Amos is so underplayed he is almost unrecognizable, I'd love to see his commentary on the movie. And one guy is so ripping off James Dean (though as a racist) that it is unintentionally funny. I'd recommend it as an addition to any American tape library. A true cult classic.


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