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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Victoria Medlin ...
Vera
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Older Cop (as Bob Donner)
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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
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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  »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,585,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 880,385 (Sweden)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(DeLuxe)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sarafian states on the commentary, that eight '70 Dodge Challenger R/T's were actually utilized during production and when filming had wrapped, only one Challenger R/T remained. See more »

Goofs

A few seconds while driving in the desert are reversed showing Kowalski driving on the right side. 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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Soundtracks

You Got to Believe
Composed by Delaney Bramlett
Sung by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
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Don't Psychoanalyse
17 January 2002 | by (Leicester,England) – See all my reviews

Please oh please can people just WATCH this film. Forget all the symbolism. You know since I was a kid this seems to have been a topic of conversation with just about anyone who's ever seen it, you've heard it haven't you? The bar-room amateur psychoanalyst or the self proclaimed expert on human behaviour, all giving out opinions of dubious worth.

HERE IS THE CLUE!..... It's a big one too! -------The title!.....There is no point... There.

Anyway back to the film. If you were thinking that I don't like it you're wrong because I think it's terrific. In fact it's brilliant, and not in some foot to the floorboards and brain out of the window way either. There IS a lot of meaning, albeit so jumbled up as to defy any reasoned explanation. So get the beers in, get your mates round and enjoy it--all 500 Horse Power, the gleaming chrome, the V8 rumble,the cool DJ, the clanking bulldozers, the surreal nudist and the full circle ending. Like I said, pointless. Brilliant. Memorable.


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