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Writers:
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's the maximum trip... at maximum speed. See more »
Plot:
Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Look back on your life torn asunder...then throw it into third gear and floor it. See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barry Newman ... Kowalski

Cleavon Little ... Super Soul

Dean Jagger ... Prospector
Victoria Medlin ... Vera

Paul Koslo ... Young Cop

Robert Donner ... Older Cop (as Bob Donner)
Timothy Scott ... Angel
Gilda Texter ... Nude Rider
Anthony James ... First Male Hitchhiker

Arthur Malet ... Second Male Hitchhiker

Karl Swenson ... Clerk at Delivery Agency
Severn Darden ... J. Hovah
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends ... J. Hovah's Singers

Lee Weaver ... Jake
Cherie Foster ... First Girl
Valerie Kairys ... Second Girl

Tom Reese ... Sheriff
Owen Bush ... Communications Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Amos ... Super Soul's Engineer (uncredited)

Val Avery ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Rita Coolidge ... J. Hovah's Singer (uncredited)
David Gates ... Pianist at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

Ted Neeley ... J. Hovah singer (uncredited)

Charlotte Rampling ... Hitchhiker (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... CHP Communications Officer (uncredited)

Meg Wyllie ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard C. Sarafian 
 
Writing credits
Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay) (as Guillermo Cain)

Malcolm Hart (from a story outline by)

Barry Hall  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Pearson .... executive producer
Norman Spencer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stefan Arnsten 
 
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Glassman .... assistant director
John D. Benson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
 
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer
Tom Edwards .... sound mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Louie Elias .... stunt coordinator (as Louis Elias)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (as Cary Loftin)
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Brooks .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mason Sperry .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael McLean .... casting supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Jimmy Bowen .... music producer
Jimmy Bowen .... music supervisor
Pete Carpenter .... musical associate
Tom Thacker .... musical associate
 
Other crew
Michael McLean .... associate: Mr. Sarafian
Iain Quarrier .... creative associate
Maurice Unger .... production administrator
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality/nudity and drug content (re-rating) (1998)
Runtime:
99 min | UK:106 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:PG (Approved No. 22718) (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1998) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
It is stated in trivia above that "Jim" is the character's first name because "Jake" his drug dealer calls him "Jim". This is incorrect. African-Americans often called white males "Jim" during the 1970's. In the 1978 film "Superman" in the scene where Kent changes to Superman, the African-American pimp says,"Say, Jim, whoo!"See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sounds of the 1970 Dodge Challenger in certain scenes are actually from the 1968 Mustang in Bullitt (1968).See more »
Quotes:
Super Soul:And there goes the Challenger, being chased by the blue, blue meanies on wheels. The vicious traffic squad cars are after our lone driver, the last American hero, the electric centaur, the, the demi-god, the super driver of the golden west! Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind the beautiful lone driver. The police numbers are gettin' closer, closer, closer to our soul hero, in his soul mobile, yeah baby! They about to strike. They gonna get him. Smash him. Rape...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grindhouse (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can't Believe ItSee more »

FAQ

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126 out of 143 people found the following review useful.
Look back on your life torn asunder...then throw it into third gear and floor it., 2 April 2004
Author: Apollyon_Crash from Meridian, MS, USA

Barry Newman is "Kowalski", an enigmatic figure who has tried everything in his life from stock car racing to the military, and failed at every one of his endeavors. Working as an auto delivery man, he gets an order to transport a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T to San Francisco, and makes a bet with a few friends that it can be done in an impossibly short time. After loading up on "ups" and throttling the car westward, he is soon pursued vigorously by the police and embraced by the public as something of a hero. During a time when national speed limits were all controversy, this film provides a compelling argument against them: A fast car in the hands of a capable driver is not dangerous. Even the police, so caught up in their own system, don't realize that they are the only ones causing accidents and endangering the public while blindly trying to keep up with and capture Kowalski.

While the film sounds at first to be a simple action film, it's really much more than that. Kowalksi's past is revealed little by little through flashbacks, making the film something of a character study. Kowalski's trip becomes a road trip of existentialism as he runs across various strange characters: Solitary hippies, gay bandits, a boogie-woogie snake handling Christian cult, and the blind soul station DJ (brilliantly played by Cleavon Little) who is attempting to guide him on his journey from within the car's radio.

Topping it off is a great soundtrack, breathtaking cinematography and direction, and automotive action that has seen no equal. This film manages to be both compelling and exciting. Just watch it already.

10/10

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