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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

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Victoria Medlin ...
Vera
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Young Cop
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Older Cop (as Bob Donner)
Timothy Scott ...
Gilda Texter ...
Anthony James ...
First Male Hitchhiker
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Second Male Hitchhiker
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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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It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(DeLuxe)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Gates:  The singer/songwriter (of Bread fame) played the piano during the rousing revival in the desert with the J. Hovah singers. See more »

Goofs

During close-ups on the rattlesnake in the desert that threatened Kowalski, the prospector's snare casts multiple shadows from studio lighting. See more »

Quotes

Colorado State HP Officer: Nevada, this is Colorado State Highway Patrol. This is about a special query raised by the Utah Highway Patrol. - Affirmative, that's correct, but later they asked that the information be forwarded to you guys, so get ready for some details. Put on your tape recorders and all that sort of jazz, huh? Apparantly this speed maniac you've been chasing all over your territory is a former professional road racer named Kowalski, K-O-W-A-L-S-K-I, repeat Kowalski. First name unkown, other particulars ...
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

Sweet Jesus
Composed & Sung by Red Steagall
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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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